Microsoft 10 Can Disable Counterfeit Software, Hardware; Users Fear Privacy Infringement

The new product from the house of Microsoft is facing some bitter criticism regarding a series of alleged privacy concerns.

Published: 17th August 2015 11:39 AM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2015 12:36 PM   |  A+A-


A laptop computer running Windows 10. | File/AP

Microsoft's latest Operating System Windows 10 is generally well received, however the new product from the house of Microsoft is facing some bitter criticism regarding a series of alleged privacy concerns.

As per the latest addition to the End User License Agreement terms of conditions, Microsoft can remotely disable counterfeit software and hardware.

A statement in the EULA reads," “Sometimes you’ll need software updates to keep using the Services. We may automatically check your version of the software and download software updates or configuration changes, including those that prevent you from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games, or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices. You may also be required to update the software to continue using the Services.”

However lack of clarity lingers over the terms and conditions of the statement and as to what is meant by 'unauthorised hardware'.

The methods Microsoft uses to carry out this check comes under serious questioning since it is a fringe on privacy as Microsoft can be able to tell what software is installed in the user's machine.

Currently Windows 10 is running on 14 million machines.

Microsoft has already dropped three updates for the software which was released a few weeks back.


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