Re: and people are worried about Windows 10?
No, I just know enough about psychology and the marketing industry to know that the more a company knows about you, the more effectively it can manipulate you into wanting to buy its products. Advertising is not just about letting you know that a product exists and where to buy it. Advertising is about finding ways to bypass peoples' conscious decision-making processes to make them want to buy the product. This is the backbone of the marketing industry. I know, because I've worked in it. I got out because the lack of integrity and ethics in that industry made me sick to my stomach.
Anyone who thinks they're too smart to be manipulated in this manner is deluding themselves. These people spend their lives studying how the human mind works, how to analyse people's expressions, voice tone, idioms, body language, interests, hopes and desires, and how to exploit that information to get said people to do what you want them to. And the more personal information that can be gathered on you, the more effective those analytics and manipulations are going to be. Unless you keep a constant, relentless and indefatigable guard upon your behaviour and decisions, you will be taken advantage of. Ever end up buying something and later on wondering why you bought it? Congratulations, you just got manipulated.
I know that nobody is interested in my personal dreams and hopes in and of themselves. I'm not so full of myself that I think the world gives a rat's arse about who I am or what I do. But analytics software does. It digests all the information about me and every other person on the planet, and then spits out a recommended action designed to elicit the desired response. Right now, it's in its infancy. And these marketroids are going to continue refining and developing this software to find the best way to manipulate millions of people into buying their products. And the more personal data they can gather to play with, the easier that job becomes.
That's not paranoia. That's just plain life experience and logic, coupled with the knowledge gained from a few years in marketing.
Now that's just from a marketing perspective. It's not even going into politics and the risk of having your life ruined by those who don't agree with you. Ask any atheist living in Bible-belt America what the price of being discovered as an atheist is. Ask any Muslim in an Islamic theocracy what the price of employing critical thinking in the direction of their faith is. Ask anyone who has dared to publicly express a politically incorrect view what it's like to have a Facebook army of SJW crusaders descend on your employer and your home and ruin your career and your life.
As long as we are all sitting in judgement of each other (and I'm just as guilty - remember my comment in my previous post about people whose political views don't align with mine?) there is a real risk that any invasion of privacy on my computer could reveal things about me that would offend some people - and some of them may well be motivated enough to make my life a misery because of it. Again, that's not paranoia; there are some real bastards out there. I've had to deal with some of them.
So it's not unreasonable that I don't want anyone probing into my private data, whether I think they're interested or not. There are just too many manipulators and sociopaths and busybodies and do-gooders out there. And I don't trust Microsoft, or anyone else, to respect that privacy.
Because for them, profit and power will always supersede all other considerations.