This terrifying new Windows 10 feature could ‘out’ kids to their parents
Computers running Windows 10 could be automatically telling parents that their teens are visiting LGBT support websites, and emailing them details of their sexual fantasies.
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“The new operating system, which was rolled out last month as a free upgrade for users of Windows 7 and 8, has raised concern over the new ‘activity reports‘ feature.
The feature is enabled by default for users who have set up registered ‘family’ accounts, sending weekly breakdowns of browsing history to the parents – even if the kids browse anonymously or try to clear it.
Once active, the feature emails the parents a weekly summary of all the child’s internet usage, including the details of websites visited.
The tool also specifically flags up search terms and blocked content that children tried to access – meaning that teens experimenting with their sexuality could have their sexual fantasies emailed directly to their parents.
The report received by the ‘parent’ in our experiment gave more than enough information to out the fictional child – and though our fictional family is probably accepting, many very real ones may not be.
Author and digital rights campaigner Cory Doctorow has also flagged up concerns about the “creepy ass” system, sharing a reader’s message to young users warning: “If you have Windows 10 now, your parents might be getting the same kind of report I did. Don’t assume your own computer has your back.”
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