Torrent sites ban Windows 10 over privacy concerns

Recent reports claim torrent site iTS has banned sharing of Windows 10 over privacy concerns.

According to a report coming from TorrentFreak, iTS has started redirecting Windows 10 users accessing their site to a YouTube video called- Windows 10 is a Tool to Spy on Everything You Do.

The reason for the ban is Microsoft’s recently updated Services Agreement, which allows the software giant to download software updates and configuration changes that may prevent people from playing counterfeit games.

Microsoft’s updated End Users License Agreement(EULA) states that the company may automatically check user’s software version, which is necessary to provide the Services and download software updates or configuration changes, without charging the user, to update, enhance and further develop the Services, including those that prevent user from accessing the Services, playing counterfeit games or using unauthorized hardware peripheral devices.

The agreement, however, does not even explicitly mention Windows 10, rather it includes user’s Microsoft Account, Xbox Live, and Windows Store content.

It refers primarily to protection against counterfeiting of Xbox Live and Windows Store content, not content on Windows 10 specifically. Furthermore, there is no evidence that any privacy related information is being shared by Windows 10.

The pirate site is particularly referring to anti-piracy company called MarkMonitor that specializes in online corporate identity protection. MarkMonitor has worked with Microsoft for the last several years to help combat online identity theft. The anti-piracy company basically delivers information about confirmed phishing attacks against its customers directly to Microsoft for use by the company’s Phishing Filter and SmartScreen technology.

In addition, iTS has argued that Windows 10 allegedly sends the contents of users’ local disks directly to one of their servers and this imposes a serious threat to torrent sites.

As per the report, other torrent groups including BB and FSC are also considering to remove the operating system from their trackers.