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[News] [Rival] New Orwellian Tracking System from Microsoft

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] New Orwellian Tracking System from Microsoft
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 02 Jun 2010 05:28:10 +0100
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Microsoft's Orwellian tracking system goes public

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| DEVELOPER OF CUTE SOFTWARE Microsoft has 
| publically released a tagging system that 
| will allow users to leave a breadcrumb trail 
| for the firm, its advertisers and just about 
| anyone else to follow.
| 
| The Vole claims that its Tag software allows 
| businesses who use it as a form of barcode 
| giving access to "advanced analytics" and 
| "real-time location services" to track where 
| users access products and services that are 
| registered with Microsoft's latest privacy 
| concern.
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http://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/1651035/microsoft-orwellian-tracking-goes-public


Recent:

Hotmail's social networking busts your privacy

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| In its rush to take on Facebook and Google
| Buzz, Microsoft is now collecting and
| displaying personal information on your
| Hotmail page â information you may never have
| wanted to broadcast.
|
| Exactly how it's mining this information is
| something of a mystery, but if you use Hotmail
| or Windows Live, it's time to review your
| privacy settings â lest something you said or
| did comes back to haunt you.
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http://windowssecrets.com/comp/100422#story1


Search Anonymization: More Hot Air from Microsoft

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| As it stands today, Microsoft keeps sensitive search data for 18 months,
| twice as long as Google currently does (although Google's new 9-month rule is
| also a bit slippery in terms of the actual anonymity it provides). Why didn't
| Microsoft just agree to meet Google at 9 months, or even to meet Yahoo's
| 13-month limit, and then have everyone work together to get to the European's
| stated goal of 6 months? Because it can't. It's still a distant third in the
| search engine wars, even in Europe, and it can't afford to concede anything
| that may further erode its position.
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http://www.pcworld.com/article/155293/microsoft_search_data.html?tk=rss_news
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