Massive uproar on alleged Windows 10 built-in ‘keylogger’ feature

Posted 23 March 2017 20:38 CEST by Jan Willem Aldershoff

There is currently massive uproar on Reddit about a privacy setting of Windows 10. The privacy setting “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future” is reportedly enabled by default and users now fear Windows 10 is one big keylogger.

It’s not the first time there are concerns about Windows 10’s data collections methods. Microsoft therefore announced it would give users more control over their privacy in the upcoming Creators Update.

Microsoft states in a FAQ that keystrokes are collected to improve handwriting and pronunciation recognition and that it can be turned off  by going to Start -> Settings > Privacy > General
and then disable “Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future”.

Some users report that they turned the setting off to find it automatically enabled again, we are unable to confirm this.

Meanwhile Reddit has labeled the story as ‘Misleading’. Nevertheless more than 15,200 Redditors upvoted the story and the story received more than 1,800 comments.

Users who want more control over their Windows 10 privacy settings can download tools like ShutUp10DoNotSpy10 or Windows 10 Privacy Fixer.

 



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