Torrent Trackers are Banning Windows 10 Users From Downloading

No pirating Age of Ultron for you, matey! Ya-har!

In a strange twist, torrenting trackers are now the ones doing the banning when it comes to their users, with so-called “Windows 10 paranoia” now leading to major trackers such as iTS laying down the banhammer due to the amount of information the Microsoft operating system shares.

iTS has noted that they will be forbidding Windows 10 users from using the private tracker, with a statement from the company reading: “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.

“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.”

The news was reported by TorrentFreak, who note that there has thus far been no evidence of Microsoft obtaining any information regarding their users’ use of torrent sites, and that in actuality Microsoft has been working with MarkMonitor for years. This seems like an overreaction on behalf of iTS, then, and news that FSC may also soon follow suit is likely going to frustrate those who actively use torrent sites.

These strict new policies in regards to Windows 10 have been put in place after reports began circulating that Microsoft can use Windows 10 in order to determine users who are playing pirated games, before banning their access to the OS. While TorrentFreak claims that there is no evidence to support this claim, nor that Microsoft could access the local disks of its users, it seems that the mere thought of this being a possibility has set alarm bells ringing for certain torrent trackers.

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