By Declan Dunn, TechViews.org …..
Microsoft has begun to share personal telemetry data collected from computers running Windows 10 with a third-party company, according to reports today. Security firm FireEye will have access to data from “every” Windows 10 device as part of a new partnership. Microsoft recently signed a deal with FireEye that integrates the security vendor’s iSIGHT Threat Intelligence into Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). As part of the partnership, Microsoft will give FireEye access to all the telemetry data from every device running Windows 10, including PC’s, tablets and smartphones, according to Australian website ARN.
It’s no secret that Windows 10 collects all sorts of usage information on users and sends them back to Microsoft, which then uses this telemetry data to help identify security issues, fix problems and improve the quality of its operating system.
This telemetry data includes information on the device running Windows 10, a list of installed apps, crash dumps, and other statistics from devices powered by its latest operating system. However, this Microsoft’s data mining capability also raised some privacy concerns among Windows users.
Microsoft has said that personal information is “seldom taken,” implying that it occasionally is. The company did not specify what is uploaded, where it’s stored or why it’s required. This newly-signed deal with FireEye is the first time that Microsoft has publicly acknowledged that it is sharing telemetry data of Windows 10 users with a third-party, which is definitely worrying for many users.
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