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So after months of rejecting Windows 10 on an almost daily basis – Microsoft having loaded their advert on to my computer without asking permission – the company have now imposed the new operating system on me anyway.

The way they did this was by redefining Windows 10 as a recommended update which, without having altered the default settings (which I never knew existed) meant that it was downloaded automatically.

I went to London with Windows 8 on my computer, and came back to find Windows 10 already installed. Certain features which existed on my old set-up have been disabled, and my computer no longer works as it should. Will I be compensated for this, I wonder?

There are a number of issues. Firstly it’s the fact that they can access my computer and do what they like to it, apparently without seeking my consent.

Shouldn’t there be a law against this? I find the idea of an unaccountable corporation having access to the inner workings of my computer very disturbing to say the least.

Then there is the fact that Windows 10 has a secret back door which allows Microsoft to spy upon my every move.

This is what it says in the terms and conditions:

Microsoft collects information about you, your devices, applications and networks…. Examples…. include your name, email address, preferences and interests; browsing, search and file history; phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.”

The point is, I didn’t consent to those terms and conditions did I? I was in London. Microsoft have taken it upon themselves to force this upon me by subterfuge.

Finally there are well-founded rumours that the company allows government agencies access to people’s computers for other, even more, nefarious ends.

Domestic terrorism is a catch all term which has already been applied to various groups in the United States, including animal rights activists and environmentalists, as well as to radical Muslims.

How long before the list includes socialists, trade unionists, human rights activists and dissident reporters, as it did in National Security States in South America during the Cold War?

Never10 Free: stop Windows 10 in its tracks 

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