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Programmer Nadim Kobeissi has said a new feature in Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system—slated for release next month—automatically sends the firm data about every application installed by a user, BGR reports. SmartScreen is designed to filter out malicious programs. Kobeissi said that vulnerabilities in the system may make it “possible to intercept SmartScreen’s communications to Microsoft and thus learn about every single application downloaded and installed by a target.” According to an Ars Technica report, “calling this a significant security risk seems more than a little unwarranted.” Microsoft said, “As our privacy statements indicate, we take steps to protect our users’ privacy on the backend.”
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