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Privacy Updates
September 9, 2015

Windows 10 is becoming somewhat omnipresent, you can’t escape it. Even if you have refused to upgrade, Microsoft are now rolling out updates to alter Windows 7 and 8 to make them more similar to 10!

The new updates will increase data collection to a standard similar to that of Windows 10, clearly any outcry on the internet over the privacy setting being too invasive has not fazed Microsoft as they prepare to introduce these settings to their previous Operating Systems.

The names of the updates and information provided by Microsoft are as follows:

KB3068708 & KB3080149 – Update for customer experience and diagnostic telemetry – This update introduces the Diagnostics and Telemetry tracking service to existing devices. By applying this service, you can add benefits from the latest version of Windows to systems that have not yet upgraded. The update also supports applications that are subscribed to Visual Studio Application Insights.

KB3075249 – Update that adds telemetry points to consent.exe in Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 – This update adds telemetry points to the User Account Control (UAC) feature to collect information on elevations that come from low integrity levels.

The updates apply to the following systems: Windows 8.1, Windows RT 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 7 Service Pack 1 (SP1), and Windows Server 2008 R2 SP1

Whilst the privacy settings have caused a stir online for being “too invasive” and replacing pre-set privacy settings, there’s really no reason to fret.

The privacy settings can always be changed back as seen in our article here, the update doesn’t have to be downloaded, and if your updates download automatically then it can always be disabled after installation.

So before being worried by any articles online about compulsory updates, and breaches of privacy, make sure to check in with us first to see what’s really going on!

The projectfive team.

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