February 21st, 2002, 01:13 PM
Microsoft Media Player Privacy Concerns
Hey guys, I was just surfing around when I got into work this morning and found this:
Seems Microsoft has been keeping track of the songs and movies that a user plays using Media Player - while this is nothing new, it gets under my skin because only now is Microsoft informing customers of this 'feature' of the latest Media Player shipping with XP. I guess we'll just add this to the list of reasons to dislike Microsoft - that list is getting pretty long, isn't it?
February 21st, 2002, 01:26 PM
This is not a good thing...
Even if this is not meant as a money making tool by M$, even if they had the best intentions, this is truely a scary thing...
- Jimmy Mac
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February 21st, 2002, 01:34 PM
uh oh *deletes 17-year-old-gurl-with-big-rack-blowing-a-horse.mov*
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February 21st, 2002, 04:49 PM
TheRegister has also picked up on this see here for more info.
February 21st, 2002, 05:05 PM
I noticed an unusual amount of traffic coming from media player every time it started and every time I loaded a new file. My firewall went nuts, so I decided it would be best if Sygate just didn't allow media player access to the Inet. Good thing it seems too.
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February 21st, 2002, 06:16 PM
I agree with Korp. I only let media player accesd the net when it is looking for a new decompression alogrithm (when it asks it has yet to successfully find a method for files it could not play). I think from now on it will never be allowed.
If you spend more on coffee than on IT security, you will be hacked. What\'s more, you deserve to be hacked.
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February 21st, 2002, 06:26 PM
thks for the tip. I'm going to choke this app now.
February 21st, 2002, 06:40 PM
Definitely smart ideas to block Media Players access to the Net guys - but I go back to the root of the whole thing - why did Microsoft see it as appropriate to not inform the users of Media Player that this practice was going on? Why would Microsoft see the need to stealthly track movie and music preferences of its users if they were not going to either sell the information or use it in some way to their advantage? I mean, Microsoft doesn't promote particular pieces of music or movies so why in the hell would they care what people were playing. I guess in the end its just Microsoft acting as they always do. Issues like this really bother me. I want my privacy and I don't want to be mislead in that area.
February 22nd, 2002, 02:00 AM
something else MS is incorporating into XP (home edition only) is making you register your product(of course so they can send you **** and basically make more money off of you) every time you update drivers or MS software that comes with the XP home package.
My suggestion.....get the commercial(office) version of XP.
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February 22nd, 2002, 02:18 AM
Yeah I already posted something on this here.
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