Windows Vista Features and Services Collect User Data

Can you say duh huh, I knew that you could.

Just read this article on softpedia.com, Forget about the WGA! 20+ Windows Vista Features and Services Harvest User Data for Microsoft – From your machine!, that appears to be trying to stir up some privacy issues concerning Microsoft and Windows Vista. Such as this statement:

The Redmond company emphasized numerous times the fact that all information collected is not used to identify or contact users. But could it? Oh yes! All you have to know is that Microsoft could come knocking on your door as soon as you boot Windows Vista for the first time if you consider the system?s computer information harvested. Microsoft will get your “Internet protocol address, the type of operating system, browser and name and version of the software you are using, and the language code of the device where you installed the software.” But all they really need is your IP address.

Talk about conspiracy theories, geez. All anyone really needs is your ip address, as a matter of fact, the softpedia website collects your ip address, as a matter of fact their privacy policy says,

We use IP addresses to analyze trends, administer the site, track user’s movement, and gather broad demographic information for aggregate use. IP addresses are not linked to personally identifiable information.

Isn’t that what Microsoft says? If anyone really wants to get worried about privacy, they should check out which isp’s sell user data, but, more importantly, some of these web 2.0 sites, which ones sell data and which ones don’t. Well, eventually it isn’t really going to matter because they will all be bought up for their user data, why do you think Stumbleupon, a site that only sells some direct advertising, went for so much money? Why do you really think delicious got bought or any number of other sites. User data. Microsoft has to collect some to be able to update your products, some of these other sites, they collect it to sell to anyone willing to buy it.