Microsoft hard at work – fighting online privacy

Microsoft is hard at work developing software which can, “accurately guess your name, age, gender and potentially even your location, by analyzing telltale patterns in your web browsing history” according to New Scientist. 

Privacy advocates are not amused, and neither are computer security experts. University of Cambridge Computer security engineer Ross Anderson says, “I’d consider it somewhat pernicious if Microsoft were to deploy such software widely. They are arguably committing offenses in a number of countries under a number of different laws if they make available software that defeats the security procedures internet users deploy to protect their privacy.

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