Now I get it. OS is FREE but you no longer are. LOLLLLL
The Surveillance State Goes Mainstream: Windows 10 Is Watching (& Logging) Everything
Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/02/2015 12:55 -0400
New Normal Transparency
If Edward Snowden's patriotic exposure of all things 'super secret surveillance state' in America were not enough, Newsweek reports that, as 10s of millions of hungry PC users download the free upgrade, Windows 10 is watching - and logging and sharing - everything users do... and we mean everything.
From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers' basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper... and finding answers is not easy, as one privacy expert exclaimed, "there is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes 'real transparency'."
As NewsWeek reports,
From the moment an account is created, Microsoft begins watching. The company saves customers’ basic information - name, contact details, passwords, demographic data and credit card specifics - but it also digs a bit deeper.
Other information Microsoft saves includes Bing search queries and conversations with the new digital personal assistant Cortana; contents of private communications such as email; websites and apps visited (including features accessed and length of time used); and contents of private folders. Furthermore, “your typed and handwritten words are collected,” the Privacy Statement says, which many online observers liken to a keylogger. Microsoft says they collect the information “to provide you a personalized user dictionary, help you type and write on your device with better character recognition, and provide you with text suggestions as you type or write.”
All this information doesn’t necessarily remain with just Microsoft. The company says it uses the data collected for three purposes: to provide and improve its services; to send customers personalized promotions; and to display targeted advertising, which sometimes requires the information be shared with third parties.
Though possibly surprising to some, the company’s data collection practices fit within the industry’s new normal.
Also like its competitors, Microsoft says it will disclose content of private communications or files in saved documents to “respond to valid legal process.” In the company’s latest bi-annual transparency report released in late March, it disclosed that of the 31,002 government requests for information received between June and December 2014, it disclosed content of personal communications in 3.36 percent of cases and non-content data in 73.17 percent.
Microsoft didn’t respond to requests for comment about specifics of the privacy terms, but in a blog post introducing them, Microsoft’s deputy general counsel, Horacio Gutierrez, calls the Privacy Statement a “straightforward resource for understanding Microsoft’s commitments for protecting individual privacy.” Alex Meer of the gaming website Rock Paper Shotgun countered, “There is no world in which 45 pages of policy documents and opt-out settings split across 13 different Settings screens and an external website constitutes ‘real transparency’.”
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In other words, big brother is very much here... and we invited into our homes for free.
operating system for free, Waste billions on Nokia handset unit, and then invest in an already bloated valued pig like UBER and still keep the stock price up?
I'm really curious.
Doesn't seem like a ton of great ideas.
Can you guys list the PROs of MSFT at this point at time?
What do they have going for it?
I'm pretty confused.
Thanks in advance if you have time and take the time to respond.
Hang Tight Hang Seng HangTen CowaBunga!
Because they outlawed selling I thought? LOL
Much Much Higher.
What in the Wide Wide World of Sports is going on here?
USA winning the Trading WAR... HFT BOMBs galore hitting China now....
You would think they'd fight back a little.
But they just ban selling and arrest any true sellers of the Kingdom. LOL
Can it be down 5% by morning?
I'd like to see them running around screaming my 401K is GONE... nope not Cut in Half,,, just GONE.
Because the USA GOVT took it perhaps?
And Buy USA FUTURES UP....
Greek bailout talks pushed back by a few days on logistics-official
By Angeliki Koutantou
6 hours ago
Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras in Athens, Greece July 24, 2015. REUTERS/Alkis Konstantinidi …
By Angeliki Koutantou
ATHENS (Reuters) - Talks between Greece and its international creditors over a new bailout package will be delayed by a couple of days because of organizational issues, a finance ministry official said on Saturday.
The meetings with officials from the European Commission, European Central Bank and International Monetary Fund were supposed to start on Monday after being delayed for issues including the location of talks and security last week.
A finance ministry official, who declined to be named, said talks between the technical teams of the lenders will start on Tuesday, while the mission chiefs will arrive in Athens with a delay of a couple of days for technical reasons.
"The reasons for the delay are neither political, nor diplomatic ones," the official added.
Greeks have viewed inspections visits by the lenders in Athens as a violation of the country's sovereignty and six months of acrimonious negotiations with EU partners took place in Brussels at the government's request.
Another finance ministry official denied earlier on Saturday that the government was trying to keep the lenders' team away from government departments and had no problem with them visiting the General Accounting Office..
Asked if the government would now allow EU, IMF and ECB mission chiefs to visit Athens for talks on a new loan, State Minister Alekos Flabouraris said: "If the agreement says that they should visit a ministry, we have to accept that."
The confusion around the expected start to the talks on Friday underlined the challenges ahead if negotiations are to be wrapped up in time for a bailout worth up to 86 billion euros to be approved in parliament by Aug. 20, as Greece intends.
Already, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is struggling to contain a rebellion in his left-wing Syriza party that made his government dependent on votes from pro-European opposition parties to get the tough bailout terms approved in parliament.
CALL FOR CLEAR SOLUTION
One of Tsipras' closest aides said that the understanding with the opposition parties could not last long and a clear solution was needed, underlining widespread expectations that new elections may come as soon as September or October.
"The country cannot go on with a minority government for long. We need clear, strong solutions," State Minister Nikos Pappas told the weekly Ependysi in an interview published on Saturday.
Apart from the terms of a new loan, Greece and its lenders are also expected to discuss the sustainability of its debt, which is around 170 percent of GDP. Greece has repeatedly asked for a debt relief and the IMF has said this is needed for the Greek accord to be viable.
European Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told Italy's La Stampa daily in an interview that a recent analysis on the issue "justified some concerns". He added a Greek exit from the euro was "certainly out of the question now".
Tsipras, who is by far the most popular politician in Greece according to opinion polls, has said his priority is to secure the bailout package before dealing with the political fallout from the Syriza party rebellion.
According to a poll by Metron Analysis for Parapolitika newspaper on Saturday, 61 percent of Greeks had a positive view of Tsipras against 36 percent who disapproved. An overwhelming majority - 78 percent - still wanted Greece to stay in the euro zone against 19 percent in favor of going back to the drachma.
Tsipras insists there is no viable alternative to the bailout but has been wary of striking out against his party opponents in a bid to keep it together, at least while talks proceed.
Flabouraris called on Syriza rebels to drop their opposition.
"They are still my comrades and I urge them to get back to their senses even at the last moment," he told Skai television. "They should realize that the Left movement is now in power. It's not an opposition party. Now we have to discuss the new landscape."
(Editing by James Mackenzie and Angus MacSwan)
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But a lot in 2016 ?
Cheers and Thanks if anyone knows FED Speak/ Tweet/ Manila Envelope with cash in it .....
That'll fix their wagons.