Windows 10 Spies on Children’s web Activities and Reports Them to Parents Via Mail

Windows 10 Spies on Children’s web Activities and Reports Them to Parents Via Mail

Windows 10 has a default feature that emails parents reports about their kids’ web activity.

Concerned parents and other Windows users criticizing the feature, calling it a dangerous breach of privacy for curious kids, who use the internet in the way that many kids do.

The feature is detailed in Microsoft’s Windows 10 online documentation and allows a parent to “monitor [their] child’s device use with activity reports.”

The weekly emails, entitled “Weekly activity report for [child’s name],” detail the websites they visit, which apps they use (and for how long) and how many hours a day they spend on the PC.

After getting such a report, an annoyed parent complained: “I don’t want this. I have no desire to spy on my boy. I fixed it by going into my Microsoft account’s website, hitting the ‘Family’ section, then turning off ‘Email weekly reports to me’ and ‘Activity reporting.’”

Some sites have blocked Windows 10 computers from accessing them for this reason.

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