Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Microsoft's sordid spyware

Windows Genuine AdvantageIt seems that MSFT is undoing some of its good recent work on privacy (e.g. Kim Cameron on InfoCards and Jerry Fishenden on the problems of ID cards). The latest update of their Windows Genuine Advantage tool (which checks that Windows installations are not pirated) is phoning home at every boot-up and sending various pieces of information to Redmond. Not the best way to build customer credibility.

1 comment:

jerry fishenden said...

I've put my own reaction up on http://www.ntouk.com/?view=plink&id=152. Please don't let this undermine the good work in hand! Kim at the very least deserves (much, much) better. And we are working hard to get the issues fixed ...