The tech company’s service agreement stretches to 12,000 words but one part of it has worried users over the safety of their data.
One excerpt worryingly tells users that ‘we will access, disclose and preserve personal data’ including the contents of emails or files in private folders.
They add that they will do this when they need to comply with law enforcement, prevent spam, maintain the security of their networks, or protect their rights or property.
Microsoft also keeps tabs on your behaviour in order to target adverts to you – something you might be uncomfortable with or might just find annoying.
If you’re worried about your privacy then you might be put off by upgrading to Windows 10 – which is a shame, because early reviews all seem to agree that it’s a really good operating system.
Fortunately it’s possible to opt-out of these privacy policies and Rock Paper Shotgun have explained how to do it.
Go to Settings – Privacy and turn off everything that looks dodgy
There are 13 screens you need to get through to cover every aspect of your machine – including what apps and programs have access to your location – contacts – messaging details and camera – amongst other things.