I saw this today:
Microsoft’s new ‘privacy’ policy.
“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”, for example, “protect their customers” or “enforce the terms governing the use of the services”.
It seems pretty clear that people who harbor controversial views should probably give Windows 10 a pass. Else the Social Justice Warriors who’re rife in large corporations like Microsoft will report them to the relevant authorities for public shaming and attitude adjustment.
And of course, there’s no risk that this information would ever be compromised by, say, hackers and sold to the highest bidder. None whatsoever.
How comfortable are you now writing your new novel manuscript on Windows 10, sir?
Not very, but fortunately I don’t have anything on Windows 10 machines that isn’t open. It is disturbing. All your thoughts are belong to me…
Actually the same as all the other providers. It's the same as the way that Google, Amazon, and others targeted ads, relevant content in searches and so on. You can turn off the Microsoft options that share data. I have done so.
For those of you who might buy/have/upgrade to the Pro version to use Bitlocker (Microsoft's whole-disk encryption product), they note that the encryption key will be uploaded (I might have also seen this on Jerry Pournelle's site). If that's a concern maybe use something like VeraCrypt (successor to TrueCrypt) or some non-Microsoft commercial product.