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Old 06-22-06, 09:12 AM   #13
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Default Re: WGA does more than collect info...

Originally Posted by Shamrock
You guys dont get it....Microsoft absolutely SHOULD NOT be poking around the entire network! No matter if it's their product or not. This shows they snooped into his entire network, and that they have a backdoor!

I can understand collecting info for THAT ONE PC, but all 8? What if some of them had Linux, or Mac? Would it then be ok too?
this may not even be true. everyone and their mom likes making up stories about how Microsoft is the source of all evil.
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Old 06-22-06, 03:24 PM   #14
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"Privacy is about transparency and choice -- telling the consumer what data you collect, how you collect it, what you do with that data, and whether the consumer can opt out of some of those activities," said Jonathan Penn, an analyst at Forrester. "Microsoft needs to embrace these as guiding principles for all its software and services."
According to Microsoft, the validation tool does in fact send data back to Microsoft, but that the notifications tool is limited to the download of a new settings file which will enable Microsoft to update how often reminders are displayed and to disable the WGA program, if necessary. "No additional information is sent to Microsoft," said a company spokesperson. "Other than standard server log information [whatever that is], no information is collected."

Microsoft has changed the WGA tool to phone home only once every 2 weeks instead of every time the computer is booted.
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