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So yes: Windows XP calls home

So yes: Windows XP calls home

What many secretly suspected but did not know exactly, now it seems to be true. Microsoft's Windows XP exchanges data with the Internet without the user's knowledge. As 'The Register' reports, the Windows XP search function is responsible for this.

It doesn't just send the search - Inquiries to an Internet server, no, including the IP address of the user. In addition, a cookie is created on the PC with which the Internet site 'sa.windows.com' exchanges data. If an Internet connection is active, data is compared with this Windows server; if there is no connection to the Internet, Windows XP tries to dial in on its own. One of the files that is exchanged with the Windows server is the data protection notice of the Windows XP search function, which states that no data is exchanged. In this data protection notice, Microsoft promises that the logged data does not allow any conclusions to be drawn about the activity or identity of the user, but it always leaves a pale aftertaste.

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