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Microsoft Is Spying On Your PC Every Day

Reposted from:
The Kuper Report

June 8, 2006
Microsoft Is Spying On Your PC Every Day
Richard Kuper

According to an AP report posted on yahoo news ( )
Microsoft admitted that its tool, called Windows Genuine Advantage, which checks to see if you are running a legal copy of Windows, checks your pc every day. According to the article, "The company said the undisclosed daily check is a safety measure designed to allow the tool ... to quickly shut down in case of a malfunction."

It seems that if Windows Genuine Advantage were to malfunction and incorrectly deem a legitimate copy of Windows to be a pirated copy, it would disable that computer from being able to download any but the most urgent of patches, and could conceivably prevent the computer from functioning properly.

Without this software installed, downloading updates is a significantly more difficult process,
and all but the truly tech-savvy would find it onerous, which would cause most windows-based
computers to not be updated with the many security and other patches Microsoft needs to keep issuing.