NVIDIA Adds Telemetry to Latest Drivers; Here's How to Disable It

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  1. Mufflore

    Mufflore Ancient Guru

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    This isnt about you though...
     
  2. Reddoguk

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    Let me tell you guys a little secret.

    Medicine made for all people no longer is very effective for everyone.

    Modern Medicine is starting to be made for the individual and not the masses.

    For scientists/medical experts they need to make these new meds but first they need to study the individuals genome. Only then can they make you a personal medicine which has a much higher success rate.

    This is the idea nVidia is now employing. Fixes for the masses no longer works well, so they need more info.

    They need more info because there's just too many configs of systems.

    If you don't want fixes for you personally then just disable it but don't be moaning when the **** hits the fan.

    I already have found the data sent to nvidia and the only personal info is my first name and that's only because i named my system with my first name.

    I don't give a **** now about this spying BS but i do care about resources being used in the back ground while i'm gaming which is set to an hourly check.

    There's no option for say every 6 hours so it's every hour or disable the event all together.
     
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  3. vase

    vase Ancient Guru

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    The thing is, Harout, knowledge is power.
    And while "good" people won't abuse power, everything is fine.
    But there are enough "bad" people in this world. Trust me.
    Databases can get hacked, etc.

    Information can be abused in so many ways, you wouldn't even imagine certain of those ways...
     
  4. Monchis

    Monchis Maha Guru

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    Wow what´s next?.
     

  5. KissSh0t

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    I downloaded the new drivers and extracted the package and there is a NvTelemetry folder... I guess if you delete that and then install from the extracted package it won't install it, or will that cause errors? I don't have a nvidia card to test.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Noisiv

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    yes but... if you were a top-secret govt. agent who likes to play computer games on the same PC that you use for work,
    you wouldn't want Nvidia snooping over your confidential Moscow files

    here ya go... :)
    https://www.safer-networking.org/spybot-anti-beacon/
     
  7. angelgraves13

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    Does anyone still use Spybot? It caused more problems than it solved, just like registry cleaners, which were utterly useless.

    I remember the one time I tried jv16 PowerTools and it nuked my Windows registry.
     
  8. Noisiv

    Noisiv Ancient Guru

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    Registry cleaners?
    Dear God...this is 2016. I don't even use anti-av, do you even lift bro :D

    Anyway they went dodo, along with RAM optimizers.
     
  9. angelgraves13

    angelgraves13 Ancient Guru

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    Lol I'm pretty sure antivirus has telemetry too, especially the free versions.
     
  10. pharma

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    Interesting to see AMD Crimson driver also gathering the same information during installation:
    http://www.pcgameshardware.de/Nvidi...12676/&usg=ALkJrhiP_2UKiC_rk8ivO-PDgYNrM3ovbQ
     

  11. pharma

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    People Are Reading the Wrong Privacy Policy
    http://www.howtogeek.com/280101/relax-nvidias-telemetry-didnt-just-start-spying-on-you/
     
  12. Koniakki

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    And PC Boosters! Among the myriad of other utilities "promising" to turn your pc into a supercomputer! :D

    Good times! It was actually fun running them back then. :p
     
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    My rig has no task scheduler entries from NVIDIA (with 375.70 installed without GFE).
     
  14. levicki

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    I think you need to read a bit more on the subject before suggesting others should have their heads checked:

    This is OK sort of telemetry.

    My monitor model and size is not something Adobe and Google should know without asking me personally for that information, and even then I have the right to refuse since I didn't request any services from them. I just want to use my expensive video card.

    GeForce Experience is installed by default and 95% of users will just click through without reading Terms & Conditions. The data vacuumed contains uniquely identifying information which can be used to locate you in person (mainboard serial number -> shipping region -> place of purchase -> paper trail in the store -> your home address).

    What I am doing on my own computer is my own damn business, not NVIDIA's and most certainly not some random 3rd parties they might share it with. If previous part was a breach of privacy, this is a breach of trust. I did not buy 740 EUR video card to enable NVIDIA's data collection and further monetizing of my person.

    Now, let me add a few observations here:

    Latest NVIDIA video driver has 24 folders. To use the video card for what I use it (software and occasional gaming), only 3 are absolutely necessary -- Display.Driver, HDAudio, PhysX.

    If I were using 3D Vision, it would have been 5 or maybe 6 if I also use Shield Wireless Controller. You could maybe exempt 1 more for Optimus, and 1 more for ShadowPlay provided that you need those, and I am sure 99% of the people having NVIDIA cards don't.

    The rest 16 folders in there are plain and simple bloatware and self-serving junk. What is Camera stuff doing there? By all means provide a separate download for people who want to waste GPU power on Camera visual effects (and crap effects at that), but why do you bundle that **** with video drivers?

    To top it off, you cannot integrate NVIDIA drivers into Windows install image anymore and get a fully functional install -- PhysX files are not installed with driver anymore and they have no standalone setup executable or MSI which you could run during unattended phase of Windows install. How are they still getting their certifications is beyond me.

    TLDR: The only people in need of head check are those who aren't using it and who voluntarily allow **** like this to go through.
     
  15. levicki

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    That still does not mean they don't collect personally identifiable information (they just admitted it with the above sentence) or that they won't share that in the future.

    If telemetry was opt-in (or if they allowed full opt-out), and if it was communicated up front I wouldn't mind. The backdoor manner in which it was introduced just goes to show how little respect they have for their customers.
     

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