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Microsoft Dismisses Windows 8 Privacy Concerns
Company says new features don't constitute problem
Tuesday, May 08, 2012
Microsoft recently hit back at experts who questioned a new feature of its Windows 8 operating system and the effects it may have on users' privacy.
A feature of Windows 8 allows users to automatically link many of their online accounts - including social networks, email services and other platforms - was recently questioned by privacy experts, but the company says these fears are overstated, according to a report from Network World
. In particular, privacy advocates say the information used on sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Hotmail and Gmail created a cache of unencrypted contacts.
However, a Microsoft analyst also notes that this is not uncommon for any computer system, and does not endanger consumers, the report said. All operating systems cache data as a means of making the computer or other device run more quickly. Consequently, this data being stored on Windows 8 is no different from that being saved on other operating systems.Eduard Goodman
, chief privacy officer for Identity Theft
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