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Windows 10 data collection.....and now Win 7 has it

Postby [Aliens]kronenbourg » Wed Sep 02, 2015 6:55 pm

Yep, good old Microsoft when they brought out Win10 didn't hide the fact that they will collect data based on your typing, your files and videos etc.

First, there is this:

http://betanews.com/2015/07/08/wi-fi-se ... -problems/

First, the company points out "It goes without saying, that automatically connecting to open Wi-Fi networks is a bad idea. As we’ve explained several times before, not all free or open Wi-Fi networks are secure and others can be deliberately malicious". Yes, that does go without saying, or should.

Of course, automatically accepting terms for the user isn't such a hot idea either. There's a rather obvious opportunity for a man-in-the-middle attack. This type of intercept is "an attack where the attacker secretly relays and possibly alters the communication between two parties who believe they are directly communicating with each other".



More here:

http://www.rockpapershotgun.com/2015/07 ... i-sharing/

Then, they have a Privacy Agreement that is very upfront, so you can't do anything about it:

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/privacy ... fault.aspx

The main parts:

Your typed and handwritten words are collected 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. Typing data includes a sample of characters and words you type, which we scrub to remove IDs, IP addresses, and other potential identifiers.


and

We will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:

comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;
protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;
operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or
protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services - however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer's private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement.





And other things it can do here:

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/08/03 ... _defaults/

If you value your privacy, or have a distrust of Microsoft, you probably want to make sure some or all of the settings are flipped to off. These include things like sending "typing and inking" data to Microsoft's servers, and letting apps identify you by your unique advertising ID number.

Your physical whereabouts and your web browser history, plus your contacts and calendar records, are also phoned home to Redmond. Your PC will even let other computers download updates from it, and potentially share your Wi-Fi network with strangers.





But can maybe be turned off here:

http://winaero.com/blog/how-to-disable- ... indows-10/

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But now Windows 7 and 8 have some new updates, doing the same thing:

http://betanews.com/2015/09/01/amid-win ... s-7-and-8/

http://www.ghacks.net/2015/08/28/micros ... 8-systems/

The updates are:

KB3068708
KB3022345
KB3075249
KB3080149

For me, they're not being installed, and I'll hide them to not install again. Also, going to dig out the Privacy agreement.
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Re: Windows 10 data collection.....and now Win 7 has it

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Re: Windows 10 data collection.....and now Win 7 has it

Postby [Aliens]solifer » Wed Sep 02, 2015 8:25 pm

Did the same a couple of days ago since i saw windows went this way, i even uninstalled win 10 and got back to win 8 :obey:
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Re: Windows 10 data collection.....and now Win 7 has it

Postby [Aliens]kronenbourg » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:34 pm

Another interesting thing, posted at my techy forum:

Open The Task scheduler
Go to Task Scheduler library > Microsftt > Windows > Application experience
Notice the AitAgent.
Supposed to aggregate telemetry IF you are signed up for the Customer Experience Improvement program.
Mine was running daily. Changed it to Disabled.

Go to Task Scheduler library > Microsoft > Windows > Customer Experience Improvement Program
I'll bet some or all of the tasks showing are running daily or every few days, even if you are not signed up for the CEIP.
I set them all to disabled.


In the case of mine, yes the AitAgent was there, and it had run a few days ago.

As well as these:

Microsoft Compatibility Appraiser:

Collects program telemetry information if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program

ProgramDataUpdater:

Collects program telemetry information if opted-in to the Microsoft Customer Experience Improvement Program

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In the Customer Experience Improvement Program, Consolidator is showing as this:

If the user has consented to participate in the Windows Customer Experience Improvement Program, this job collects and sends usage data to Microsoft.

At 00:00 on 02/01/2004 - After triggered repeat every 19:00:00 indefinatly. Last run today!!!!

Then there is this:

KernelCeipTask:

The Kernel CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program) task collects additional information about the system and sends this data to Microsoft. If the user has not consented to participate in Windows CEIP, this task does nothing.

Again, ran a few days ago

and finally:

UsbCeip:

The USB CEIP (Customer Experience Improvement Program) task collects Universal Serial Bus related statistics and information about your machine and sends it to the Windows Device Connectivity engineering group at Microsoft. The information received is used to help improve the reliability, stability, and overall functionality of USB in Windows. If the user has not consented to participate in Windows CEIP, this task does not do anything.

Well, I haven't consented, but it ran on Tuesday this week!!!!
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Re: Windows 10 data collection.....and now Win 7 has it

Postby [Aliens]kronenbourg » Thu Sep 03, 2015 5:40 pm

This is a way to turn it off as well as the tasks above. I never even knew it was running:

http://www.dummies.com/how-to/content/c ... ram-s.html
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