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Microsoft can remotely delete Windows 8 apps

tripleevenfall (1990004) writes | more than 2 years ago

Google 3

tripleevenfall (1990004) writes "Microsoft will be able to throw a "kill switch" to disable or even remove an app from users' Windows 8 devices, the company revealed in documentation released earlier this week for its upcoming Windows Store.

"In cases where your security is at risk, or where we're required to do so for legal reasons, you may not be able to run apps or access content that you previously acquired or purchased a license for," said Microsoft in the Windows Store terms."If the Windows Store, an app, or any content is changed or discontinued, your data could be deleted or you may not be able to retrieve data you have stored," Microsoft said.

Both Apple and Google can flip such a switch for apps distributed by the iOS App Store and Android Market, respectively."

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Not without a full refund (1)

niftymitch (1625721) | more than 2 years ago | (#38739980)

Not without a full refund I hope.

Denial of access to data, and loss of data would be brutal.
Even if the files remain, programmatic data structures effectivly encrypt data so this would a data hack prohibited by law.

Re:Not without a full refund (1)

tripleevenfall (1990004) | more than 2 years ago | (#38741454)

TFA indicates refunds will be given.

Re:Not without a full refund (1)

sjames (1099) | more than 2 years ago | (#38742356)

The larger problem is the data. That apparently goes *POOF* with no notice, recourse, or compensation.

I believe I will stay away.

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