The days when people had privacy on the internet are gone judging by Windows 10.
The operating system now monitors people’s use on the internet- sending reports to parents containing details of exactly what their kids have been getting up to.
While most parents would probably agree that is a good thing, the fact that it also logs exactly how long children spend on the internet, along with what websites they visit, and how long for, has been seen as a massive breach of privacy.
It will automatically send parents an update each week, on what their kids have been doing online, along with their favourite apps, and it’s safe to say, it does not sit well with some people.
It seems that the ‘big brother’ aspect of the feature has not gone down well at all.
there are so many queer and trans kids that are going to be beaten, kicked out of homes, or cut off from support networks. thanks microsoft.
— Rosa Astra (@morganastra) August 24, 2015
Maybe soon there will be a generation of children who has no space at all
— mcc (@mcclure111) August 24, 2015
One reader, known as Kirk, claimed:
This weekend we upgraded my 14-year-old son’s laptop from Windows 8 to Windows 10.
Today I got a creepy-ass email from Microsoft titled ‘Weekly activity report for [my kid]’, including which websites he’s visited, how many hours per day he’s used it, and how many minutes he used each of his favorite apps.
OK, I admit that the timing might be coincidental but that would be one hell of a coincidence. I’ve never seen anything like this until we upgraded to Windows 10, and then I got the spy report the following business day.
A message to young readers: if you have Windows 10 now, your parents might be getting the same kind of report I did. Don’t assume your own computer has your back.
Quite frankly, it’s hard to see why this feature is needed, given all the safety controls and blockers you can now install, and kids need their privacy.
It’s just a shame Windows don’t want them to have any.