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[News] Microsoft's Privacy Violations Versus US Laws?

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It's Time to Drop the 'Expectation of Privacy' Test

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| In the United States, the concept of "expectation of privacy" matters because 
| it's the constitutional test, based on the Fourth Amendment, that governs 
| when and how the government can invade your privacy.   



Microsoft pulls Vista from snooping offer

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| Yesterday, we told you about an offer wherein you could completely sacrifice 
| your privacy for a free software bundle from Microsoft which included Windows 
| Vista Ultimate and Office Ultimate '07, amongst others. Well, apparently the 
| big M has decided to pull the offer of free software -- but still wants to 
| track your digital footsteps and pry into your private dealings.    


[WRONG] Microsoft Giving Away Vista and More for Information

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| Microsoft is giving away free versions of Vista Ultimate, Office 07 Ultimate, 
| and more in exchange for your participation in the Windows Feedback Program. 
| Basically, in exchange for letting Microsoft scan your computer and programs 
| for three months...    



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| Vista--Microsoft’s latest operating system--may prove to be most
| appropriately named, especially for those seeking evidence of how a
| computer was used.



Microsoft patents the mother of all adware systems

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| The adware framework would leave almost no data untouched in its quest to 
| sell you stuff. It would inspect "user document files, user e-mail files, 
| user music files, downloaded podcasts, computer settings, computer status 
| messages (e.g., a low memory status or low printer ink)," and more. How could 
| we have been so blind as to not see the marketing value in computer status 
| messages?     


New software can identify you from your online habits

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| That is the spectre raised by new research conducted by Microsoft.
| The computing giant is developing software that could accurately
| guess your name, age, gender and potentially even your location,
| by analysing telltale patterns in your web browsing history. But
| experts say the idea is a clear threat to privacy - and may be
| illegal in some places.


Microsoft could be teaching police to hack Vista

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| Microsoft may begin training the police in ways to break the
| encryption built into its forthcoming Vista operating system.


UK holds Microsoft security talks

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| "UK officials are talking to Microsoft over fears the new version of 
| Windows could make it harder for police to read suspects' computer files."

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