Several torrent trackers have banned Windows 10, or are considering doing so over Windows 10 privacy intrusions.
iTS explain that Windows 10 is off-limits now because of the extensive amount of data it shares. This includes connections to MarkMonitor, the brand protection company which is also involved in the U.S. Copyright Alert System.
Microsoft decided to revoke any kind of data protection and submit whatever they can gather to not only themselves but also for others. One of those is one of the largest anti-piracy company called MarkMonitor,” iTS staff note.
“Amongst other things Windows 10 sends the contents of your local disks directly to one of their servers. Obviously this goes way too far and is a serious threat to sites like ours which is why we had to take measures,” they add.
While this may sound scary, Microsoft has been working with MarkMonitor for years already. The connection is raising red flags with other tracker operators as well. More trackers reportedly ban Windows 10 and others including BB and FSC are considering to follow suit.
“We have also found Windows 10 will be gathering information on users’ P2P use to be shared with anti piracy group,” BB staff writes to its users. “What’s particularly nasty is that apparently it sends the results of local searches to a well known anti piracy company directly so as soon as you have one known p2p or scene release on your local disk, you're busted!"
The same sentiment is shared at FSC where staff also informed users about the threat.
“As we all know, Microsoft recently released Windows 10. You as a member should know, that we as a site are thinking about banning the OS from FSC. That would mean you cannot use the site with the OS installed,” FSC staff writes.
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They say this is all nonsense, & paranoia. I'm pretty sure that 10 years ago Snowden would've been considered your typical conspiracy nut. Knowing what we do now it is dangerous to simply dismiss outlandish revelations as "nonsense", sadly, we can't afford to take such luxuries. Good move by the torrent trackers.
Even OS X does not collect this kind of data without the user's consent (default in Yosemite is only search queries sent to Bing) and has extensive options to disable such things. No Linux distro does this sort of sharing.
Operating system's don't care too much for IP addresses when they conveniently give you a free copy of Win10 that has a product code in it and can track your activities directly.
They share the data with other companies too, not just themselves. Anyone that has an affiliation with microsoft will have access to the information, and then those companies will also have NDAs' between other companies as well.
they collect a list of the entire contents of your hard drives,that is not just Microsoft
No thanks. I'm quite firm on opting out with win7 being the last operating system from microsoft to use.
Windows 10 is basically one big keylogger. look into snowden files and you will see they pay microsoft big money for data, however they also just slurp it off the wire, so basically they have several databases of it, and don't forget about the 72 fusion centers also sharing this data.
Someone once told me, "You must be a fool if you think these corporate giants take anyone's 'best interests to hearts' besides their owns." If Microsoft can make a dollar stopping you from playing that game you downloaded for free, you can bet your ass they will.
Microsoft is noticing their market share on networked devices dwindling, (Google Android and Apple iOS are the market leaders on mobile devices) so what better way than to force a free OS and be a part of the big-data collection picture as well.
Ten years ago, it was well known the NSA was doing that, no one cared at the time!
It's not paranoia if they really are out to get you. M$ have hit hard times & this is there way out of them surprising then that they are giving it away unless they are planning to monetize the contents of your system and all of your personal data.