On that note, I've often been tempted to say something along the lines of "can I watch you use the bathroom? What do you mean 'no'? It's not like you have anything to hide!" The only reason why I haven't said that is that it's just too creepy. Someone would call the cops for sure. I know I would!
It also needs to be straightforward in separating security updates from operating system upgrades going forward, and not try to bypass user choice and privacy expectations. Otherwise it will face backlash in the form of individual lawsuits, state attorney general investigations, and government investigations.â€
I could see a class-action lawsuit or two, but that's it. State attorney generals and government law enforcers aren't likely to investigate Microsoft at all. If anything, they're probably the ones pulling Microsoft's strings. They'd probably be more likely to press charges if Microsoft didn't spy on it's own users. Also, the post-SOPA MPAA/state attorney general vs Google incident proves that there is a such thing as bribery in law enforcement.
Windows has been malware in my book for years. However, it has become more malicious than ever before. If there were ever a time to stop using it, it would be now. So let's stop using it. There are other operating systems, such as MacOS, *BSD, GNU/Linux, ReactOS, Solaris, Illumos, and others we all can switch to. Yes, switching to a new OS is hard, but it has never been more necessary. If you really, really, REALLY value your freedom, you should use an OS that has no proprietary software, such as Trisquel GNU/Linux. However, IMHO, anything is better than Windows right now (except maybe Chrome/Chromium OS).