Microsoft Edge is the best browser for blocking phishing websites

Oct 14, 2017, 00:45
Microsoft Edge is the best browser for blocking phishing websites

Microsoft previously released a preview version on iOS-actually, iPhone-only, first to Windows Insiders only and then, a few days later, to any interested party.

On Friday, DPA said that they conducted a thorough investigation of Microsoft Windows 10 Home and Pro operating systems, and found that the users are not clearly informed "about the type of data it uses, and for which objective". The Dutch agency has issues with basic and full telemetry, the purposes of telemetry, and consent for telemetry in Windows 10. Also, people can not provide valid consent for the processing of their personal data, because of the approach used by Microsoft.

Data Sync: Your favorites and reading list are synced across your devices, so no matter the device, your browser is always personalized to you. There are about 4 million devices using Windows 10 Home and Pro in the Netherlands. The browser also asks you to share anonymous data with it for the goal of helping its creator improve it going forward, which is both a common and optional request for such an app to make. The DPA is lead to believe that this telemetry data "take pictures" of the way Windows 10 users behave in the OS, creating an "intrusive profile". The collection of the full telemetry data is thus more unpredictable. With telemetry Microsoft - as it were - takes pictures of the behaviour of Windows users, and continuously sends these pictures to itself. Due to Microsoft's approach users lack control of their data.

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Although collection of data is a generally unpopular practice from a consumer standpoint, Microsoft does have valid uses and benefits from collecting extensive metadata.

Last week, along with the announcement of Edge browser for Android, Microsoft also revealed that the company is giving a new look and name to the Arrow Launcher.

The firm goes on to point out a number of privacy-related changes that it has made to Windows 10, and notes that more will come in its forthcoming Autumn Creators Update.

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I want our customers to know that it is a priority for us that Windows 10 Home and Windows 10 Pro are clearly compliant under Dutch law.

"This year we have released a new privacy dashboard and several new privacy features to provide clear choices to our customers and easy-to-use tools in Windows 10".

The Dutch DPA investigated Windows 10 Home and Pro and found that Microsoft still doesn't properly inform users about the type of data it collects, nor for what goal.

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