Computers running Windows 10 could be automatically telling parents that their teens are visiting LGBT support websites – and emailing them details of their sexual fantasies.
The new operating system, which was rolled out last month as a free upgrade for users of Windows XP, 7 and 8, has raised concern over the new ‘activity reports‘ feature.
The feature is enabled by default for users who have set up registered ‘family’ accounts, sending weekly breakdowns of browsing history to the parents – even if the kids browse anonymously or try to clear it.
The tool also specifically flags up search terms and blocked content that children tried to access – meaning that teens experimenting with their sexuality could have their sexual fantasies emailed directly to their parents.
PinkNews made an account for a fictional child to try the feature and see whether it could be used to ‘out’ someone. Our ‘child’ visited websites including LGBT charity Stonewall, teen support site BGIOK, and PinkNews – as well as attempting to visit gay porn websites.