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Microsoft Stirs Up Privacy Concerns After Including Data-Gathering Telemetry Files in New Security-Only Update

The Infinite Brief
This month’s Windows Security-only update, formally titled the “July 9, 2019—KB4507456 (Security-only update),” includes the Compatibility Appraiser, KB2952664, which is designed to identify issues that could prevent a Windows 7 PC from updating to Windows 10.

The concern is that these components are being used to prepare for another round of forced updates or to spy on individual PCs.

Under Microsoft’s rules, what it calls “Security-only updates” are supposed to include only security updates, not quality fixes or diagnostic tools.

The word telemetry appears in at least one file, and for some observers it’s a short step from seemingly innocuous data collection to outright spyware.

Curated from ZDNet

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