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With remarkable improvements from Windows 8, including sleek and user-friendly interface along with the integration of voice-driven assistant Cortana, Windows 10 is being praised and appreciated.
However, one big hitch in the new version of the highly anticipated operating system has been discovered by the users, as reported by CoinTelegraph. According to the privacy statement, Windows 10 may "legally" access all personal data, emails, and files to provide to law enforcement, which implies that it could even acquire data from Bitcoin wallets and systems.
One excerpt from Microsoft's privacy statement read:
"We may also access, disclose and preserve information about you when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to:
1. comply with applicable law or respond to valid legal process, including from law enforcement or other government agencies;
2. protect our customers, for example to prevent spam or attempts to defraud users of the services, or to help prevent the loss of life or serious injury of anyone;
3. operate and maintain the security of our services, including to prevent or stop an attack on our computer systems or networks; or
4. protect the rights or property of Microsoft, including enforcing the terms governing the use of the services - however, if we receive information indicating that someone is using our services to traffic in stolen intellectual or physical property of Microsoft, we will not inspect a customer's private content ourselves, but we may refer the matter to law enforcement."
The bitcoin wallets installed on Windows 10, operating without a browser, could fall victim to Microsoft's privacy statement, if the data relating to transactions, IDs, codes and history get passed onto government agencies or law enforcement.
One reddit user explained, "You'd have to be out of your damn mind to run a BIP32 Bitcoin wallet on Windows 10, which includes both desktop and online BIP32 wallets. If you want your wallet seed to get sent straight to the NSA, running Windows 10 is a good way to do that. It's not just the NSA either; it's whoever else M$ wants to partner with and whoever hacks them and their partners. This means the NSA, local law enforcement, courts, Russian and Chinese hackers, etc. Want to get your HD wallet funds seized in a divorce? Then use Windows 10. Want to lose all your money to hackers? Then use Windows 10."