Microsoft now sharing Windows 10 telemetry data with third party

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Microsoft now sharing Windows 10 telemetry data with third party : Microsoft has begun to share telemetry data collected from computers running Windows 10 with a third-party company, according to reports today. Security firm FireEye will have access to data from “every” Windows 10 device as part of a new partnership.

The policy change was reported by Australian news site ARN yesterday. Microsoft and FireEye recently agreed to embark on a new joint effort to improve the security of Windows 10.

Microsoft will integrate FireEye’s iSIGHT intelligent monitoring software into Windows Defender, the free anti-malware app that comes baked into Windows.

It appears as though there’s more to the deal than the two are talking about publicly though. FireEye will also get access to the wealth of Windows 10 telemetry data being created by the hundreds of millions of machines running the OS.  Microsoft has agreed to give the firm the keys to data from “every” device running Windows 10, including PCs, tablets and smartphones.

Windows 10 is known to do a lot of phoning home, something Microsoft has been widely criticised for since the platform’s 2015 release. Microsoft doesn’t report exactly what it collects from users’ machines.

According to the company, the data is used to improve Windows and assess how people use the software. Recently, it outlined how telemetry from Microsoft Edge revealed many users accidentally trigger the browser’s development mode.