Microsofts Data Collection Troubles Some Users
Microsoft routinely and remotely monitors the security health of PCs running its OneCare Live security service by collecting a wide range of information from users' computers, including a machine-specific identifier.
It's a policy the software giant does not attempt to hide, but it is a practice that is nonetheless unsettling to some users. It's also a more extensive data collection system than that practiced by Microsoft's rival in the managed security space.
According to an entry posted this week to the OneCare team's blog, the service has "noticed a slight increase in the number of people turning off their firewall, with a corresponding decrease in the number of green machines." (OneCare, a collection of anti-virus, firewall, tune-up, and backup tools, displays the overall security status as with 'green' for good or 'red' for bad.) InformationWeek | Customer Privacy | Microsoft's Data Collection Troubles Some Users | January 20, 2006
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