According to TorrentFreak the bans are because of a belief that Microsoft would wipe torrents and pirated software from people’s hard drives. So far this is proving to be rubbish, but some sites are carrying out the bans anyway because of fears of Volish spyware.
The controversy originates from a single line in Microsoft’s Service Agreement which allows the company to download software updates and configuration changes that may prevent people from “playing counterfeit games”,
This change isn’t limited to Windows 10 but covers many services. Also, there is no indication that this will ever be used to target third-party games, which is highly unlikely.
The staffers at iTS explain that Windows 10 is off-limits now because of the extensive amount of data it shares.
Vole appears to be sharing data with MarkMonitor, the brand protection company which is also involved in the US Copyright Alert System.
“Unfortunately Microsoft decided to revoke any kind of data protection and submit whatever they can gather to not only themselves but also others. One of those is one of the largest anti-piracy company called MarkMonitor,” iTS staff note.
“Amongst other things Windows 10 sends the contents of your local disks directly to one of their servers. Obviously this goes way too far and is a serious threat to sites like ours which is why we had to take measures,” they add.
But Vole has been working with MarkMonitor for years and it helps to keep scammers at bay. There is no evidence that any piracy related info is being shared
“We have also found [Windows 10] will be gathering information on users’ P2P use to be shared with an anti-piracy group,” BB staff told its users.
“What’s particularly nasty is that apparently it sends the results of local(!!) searches to a well known anti-piracy company directly so as soon as you have one known p2p or scene release on your local disk … BAM!”