A few days ago we announced that Microsoft and FireEye security company signed a new partnership to improve Windows Defender with more advanced capabilities. But according to a publication from an Australian magazine, the agreement included something more than the cause of the new partnership.
As mentioned earlier this week, one of the terms of the deal was the exchange of telemetry data collected by Microsoft from Windows 10 computers.
Although it was not clear why FireEye needs Windows 10 telemetry data, such an agreement is definitely very worrying for users of Redmond's latest operating system.
However, according to one company representative, the information is not accurate, as this agreement only includes the improved Windows Defender security features.
The company's spokesman explained that sharing telemetry data is not a condition of the new partnership, so the information collected by Windows 10 systems will be available exclusively for Microsoft.
"The nature of the agreement between Microsoft and FireEye is only to license FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence threat assessment software. This additional layer of information includes previous attack markers and reports collected and processed by FireEye to enhance the Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP) detection capabilities. The agreement does not include the exchange of Microsoft telemetry data ", the company representative explained.
For those who do not know exactly what telemetry data sent by Windows 10 to Microsft, they can see them exactly from the link at the end of the publication. According to the company, everything is anonymous, encrypted and does not include personal information.
Microsoft reports that it needs to collect some information from Windows 10 systems in order to improve the performance of the operating system and address the problems presented.
The company, of course, does not guarantee that only Microsoft technicians will have access to the Windows 10 telemetry data:
"We share your personal information with your consent or as required to complete any transaction or to provide any product you have requested or authorized. We also share data with affiliates and affiliates of Microsft, with vendors working on our behalf when required by law or in order to respond to legal proceedings to protect our customers in order to protect our lives in order to maintain security of our products and to protect the rights or property of Microsft. "
For more information, read them Microsoft Terms of Service.