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Is Windows 11 Spyware? Microsoft Defends Sending User Data to Third Parties

Sunday February 12, 2023. 12:34 PM , from Slashdot
An anonymous reader shares a report from Tom's Hardware:
According to the PC Security Channel (via TechSpot), Microsoft's Windows 11 sends data not only to the Redmond, Washington-based software giant, but also to multiple third parties. To analyze DNS traffic generated by a freshly installed copy of Windows 11 on a brand-new notebook, the PC Security Channel used the Wireshark network protocol analyzer that reveals precisely what is happening on a network. The results were astounding enough for the YouTube channel to call Microsoft's Windows 11 'spyware.'

As it turned out, an all-new Windows 11 PC that was never used to browse the Internet contacted not only Windows Update, MSN and Bing servers, but also Steam, McAfee, geo.prod.do, and Comscore ScorecardResearch.com. Apparently, the latest operating system from Microsoft collected and sent telemetry data to various market research companies, advertising services, and the like.

When Tom's Hardware contacted Microsoft, their spokesperson argued that flowing data is common in modern operating systems 'to help them remain secure, up to date, and keep the system working as anticipated.'

'We are committed to transparency and regularly publish information about the data we collect to empower customers to be more informed about their privacy.'

Read more of this story at Slashdot.
https://tech.slashdot.org/story/23/02/12/059214/is-windows-11-spyware-microsoft-defends-sending-user...

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