MICROSOFT HAS DEBUNKED REPORTS that it's sharing Windows 10 telemetry with security outfit FireEye.
The two firms last week signed a partnership that will see FireEye's iSIGHT Intelligence tools baked into Microsoft's Window Defender.
Terms of the deal were, and remain vague, but Australian website ARN last week reported that the partnership will also see FireEye "gain access to telemetry from every device running Windows 10."
Microsoft uses telemetry data from Windows 10 to help identify security issues, to fix problems and to help improve the quality of its operating system, which sounds like a good thing. However, with the company previously admitting that it's latest OS is harvesting more data than any version before it, Microsoft's mega data-slurp also raised some privacy concerns.
The firm previously said that personal information is "seldom taken," which means, in some cases, it is.
Microsoft has since debunked that it's sharing this data with third parties. It said in a statement to the INQUIRER: "The nature of the deal between Microsoft and FireEye is to license threat intelligence content from FireEye iSIGHT Intelligence.
"This additional layer of intelligence includes indicators and reports of past attacks collected and edited by FireEye and enhances detection capabilities of Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection (WDATP). The deal does not include the sharing of Microsoft telemetry."
While Microsoft has cleared things up, FireEye hasn't said much about the newly-formed partnership.
"FireEye has invested in nation-state grade intelligence and we are strategically partnering with industry leaders to operationalize this high-quality intel," said Ken Gonzalez, senior vice president of corporate development at FireEye.
"By working with Microsoft we're able to offer differentiated intelligence within WDATP and together help make organisations more secure."
This isn't the only security-related controversy Microsoft has faced recently. Just last week, Kaspersky accused Microsoft of anti-competitive practices and said the firm is putting customers in danger with its attitudes to antivirus protection. µ
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