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Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Is Microsoft Spying On You With Windows Media Player?

I received the following email from Shane Hanson and I'm not sure what to think. Figured I'd post it out of curiosity to see what my readers think of the accusations here and to promote conspiracy theorist activity in general :) You know most of my readers like hearing about Microsoft being evil and such.

Windows Media Player Digital Rights Management Spy
This is something really nasty in the XP filing system... it's in Windows Media Player, and it not only has all the information about Digital Rights Management, it also has all the information about your local police force..... QED... Not only is microsoft spying on you, they are also telling the cops what you have got on your system....

This is part of the sequence of this file, if you have media player, and do a search for these individual words... you will find it...

DrmDescription
DrmLicense
classification
description
microsoft border
postcode
microsoft theme
created
pics-label
title
expires
law_association_area
originator
dc.language
dc.date.modified

We'll see what happens.

By Jason Dowdell at 01:59 PM | Comments (4)

(4) Thoughts on Is Microsoft Spying On You With Windows Media Player?

I did a search in my Windows Media Player of the listed words and there was nothing there. I don't know how this guy came up with his theory. It would not surprise me if it were true, but I don't believe it is. And yes, I do have Windows XP.

Comments by Jeff Paulk : Friday, August 04, 2006 at 12:37 PM

I searched it too my search also came up empty but it is true microsoft is spying people they always have everything you type or every website you visit in ie is stored and the only way to get rid of it is through dos

Comments by dadipz : Tuesday, August 22, 2006 at 05:37 PM

What's new? EVERYTHING you say on telephones, and write on your e-mails, fax machines, or even the programs you watch on your sattelite dish is being scrutinized. We live in a paranoid world, everyone wants the "Goods" on everyone else.

Frankly, there isn't too much you can doo about it, your government does not listen to you. So, get a boat , a rod and go fishing and enjoy yourself, and lessen the tress. Stress will kill you, but I don't think Microsoft will! And if you are really bothered by this, fire the computer into the trash, think how much extra time you'll have, and the money you will save!

Best wishes.

Comments by Bernie : Tuesday, December 05, 2006 at 10:28 PM

I don't know about the particular filenames being referenced (I didn't look), but I can tell you that whenever I run WMP, it trys to connect to the internet, even when I am playing a local file. I use an old copy of zonealarm as my firewall (refuse to "upgrade" because I only want a firewall and not all the other stuff they've added later), and I have it set to ask me when WMP wants on the 'net.

Now why would WMP want to connect to the 'net when it is local files being played?

Comments by Jim : Sunday, December 24, 2006 at 01:24 PM

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