Feb 21, 2017

Windows 10 changes don't calm European privacy concerns

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Microsoft moved to quell worries last month that its Windows 10 operating system collects too much personal data about users. But the moves didn't stop a group of European Union privacy watchdogs from expressing additional concerns to the company, according to a letter sent last week:

"As the scope of the personal data necessary for the functionalities of the operating system has not been adequately clarified, open questions remain about the proportionality of the personal data that are being processed by Windows 10 for different purposes."

Key background: Privacy advocates worry about the many types of data the operating system delivers to Microsoft, including geo-location and telemetry information. An Electronic Frontier Foundation staffer said last year that "it's a shame that Microsoft made users choose between having privacy and security." The European group raised questions in a letter early last year.

Latest developments: Microsoft introduced a new privacy dashboard in January, according to a blog post, after user requests "for more control over your data, a greater understanding of how data is collected, and the benefits this brings for a more personalized experience." The company didn't respond to a request for comment on the EU letter, which said that the "proposed new explanation when, for example, a user switches the level of telemetry data from 'full' to 'basic' that Microsoft will collect 'less data' is insufficient without further explanation."

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi embraces President Trump upon his arrival at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport in Ahmedabad on Monday. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump arrived with members of the U.S. first family at Sardar Vallabhbhai International Airport in Ahmedabad, India, Monday for a two-day visit, local media footage shows.

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The number of novel coronavirus cases in South Korea, Italy and Iran jumped on Sunday as infections in mainland China continued to grow, the latest figures show.

The big picture: As South Korea and Italy stepped up emergency measures amid rising case numbers, World Health Organization officials expressed concern about infections with no clear link to China. COVID-19 has killed at least 2,619 people and infected almost 80,000 others, with all but 27 deaths occurring in mainland China.

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Sanders reveals free childcare plan for preschoolers

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks during a campaign rally on Saturday in El Paso, Texas. Photo: Cengiz Yar/Getty Images

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders announced on CBS' "60 Minutes" Sunday a new plan to guarantee free child care and pre-kindergarten to all American children from infancy to age four.

Details: In the wide-ranging interview, Sanders told Anderson Cooper he planned to pay for universal childcare with a wealth tax. "It's taxes on billionaires," he said.

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