• Windows 10 telemetry

    If you’ve been following the recent back-and-forth on Windows 10 snooping, Simon Bisson’s latest analysis on ZDNet is a must-read.

    Bottom line on Windows 10 Pro :

    for a PC with a standard load, logged into a Microsoft account and using Windows 10’s messaging service, we’re sending around 190 packets per hour to Microsoft servers, and around 130KB of data per hour.

    Since the data’s encrypted, there’s no way to know what’s being sent.

    Without unencrypting the telemetry packets Microsoft receives, we’re not going to know exactly what data it receives. But they’re small and relatively infrequent, so are unlikely to be packed with your personal data.

    My take is, and always has been, that the primary question is what Microsoft actually does with the data it collects. I’m also concerned that people are upgrading to Windows 10 without recognizing that there’s been a fundamental shift in the quantity and type of data being collected. I also think that Microsoft should get out ahead of the problem and proactively tell us what they’re collecting, and give us tools to view and opt out of data collection.

    It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if, five or ten years from now, companies collecting data on computer users will be required by US (or EU) law to give snoopies (er, snoopees!) access to the snooped data – much like the regulations we have now with credit reporting agencies.

    Bisson’s analysis should give you Win10 customers some solace. It doesn’t completely exonerate Microsoft, but it puts the problem in some much-needed perspective.