Microsoft recently updated its Services Agreement, which you’ve probably agreed to when installing Windows 10 or using the company’s other services. There’s been quite a lot of FUD around privacy issues on Windows 10 recently, especially around features like Wi-Fi Sense. Nonetheless, the updated Microsoft Servies Agreement states that the company may automatically check the version of software and download software updates or configuration which may prevent users from using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices or playing counterfeit games on its Windows 10, Xbox, as well as Xbox Live. The Services Agreement’s Section 7b states:
“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.”
Interestingly enough, Ars Technica’s Peter Bright states that the controls “don’t appear to be sufficient to completely prevent the operating system from going online and communicating with Microsoft’s servers.”
Personally, I don’t really see how this can be worrying to Microsoft users – despite the fact that there’s been a lot of questions about privacy on Windows 10 recently. Nonetheless, what do you think? Discuss in the comment section below.