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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

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Suggestion for El Reg style guide

To accurately represent industry practices with regard to privacy, surveillance and data exfiltration, nouns and adjectives referring to telemetry, user data, or user control of said data should be enclosed in quotation marks or double inverted commas. Words which should be formatted in this way include (but are not limited to): privacy, private, control, protect, protection, telemetry.

In situations where the additional quotation marks are unsightly or add confusion, an acceptable alternative is to prepend such terms with a diminutive such as "so-called" or "supposedly." In egregious cases, these presentations may be combined.

INCORRECT: Windows 10 has settings to control how much of your private data is sent to Microsoft.

CORRECT: Windows 10 has settings to "control" how much of your supposedly "private" data is sent to Microsoft.

INCORRECT: Facechat.com values your privacy, and uses industry best practices to secure your personal data.

CORRECT: Facechat.com values your so-called privacy, and uses industry best practices to "secure" your so-called "personal" data.

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