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[–] null0 2 points 44 points (+46|-2) ago 

I think the image was a little overly paranoid and totally over the top (the WW2 and Half-Life 2 images were really unnecessary), but while you're right, the issue is more about what else happens with these features.

Once the data goes to Microsoft, you don't really think they process it, use it to improve your experience, and then simply throw it away, do you? Like everything else, this is a trade-off. You have to decide how much data you'd like circulating about you in exchange for these features. Microsoft is going to use the information to target you as a consumer. Ignoring the usual evil government boogeyman, the data is simply there. A criminal in microsoft's servers will be able to get all sorts of information about you.

The depressing part is that there are so many programs collecting data on you that the only viable way to truly opt out is not only to stop using the internet, but stop being friends with anyone who uses the internet, too.

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[–] roboticon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Thanks for the thoughtful response. I agree that this should be the number one concern: even if we assume Microsoft will abide by its policies, the more data they have, the worse a leak would be for consumers. (If this is a concern you should focus on what sharing you can't disable, and decide for yourself whether you're comfortable with that limited information potentially being stolen/shared.)

I'm kind of sad that even at Voat, posts that go against the hive mind get downvoted even when they're not acerbic, irrelevant, or abusive.... But at least some of these comments are keeping the conversation going and getting people to think for themselves.

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[–] kuuttis 2 points -1 points (+1|-2) ago  (edited ago)

Google has been doing pretty much the same sort of things with it android and play store apps for years and with billions of devices with gps and microphones and cameras. But now that microsoft does it suddenly is a WWIII and 1984?

I just laugh off these threads like the crackpot crazy person on the street corner yelling "end is nigh"