When installing Kali from Microsoft Store, I wasn't prompted with a user agreement license.

Is Microsoft able to monitor my applications? How safe is it to use WSL in that context? (From privacy perspective)

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    Why are you expecting a user license agreement for something that Microsoft does not own or control? How is a license related to "being able to monitor my applications"? Windows 10 has all kinds of telemetry. Are you asking besides those functions? – schroeder Sep 9 '20 at 17:48
  • @schroeder Yes, but your comment makes me think that they're not able to monitor me. I'm not that much familiar with their products, for the most part I've been using Linux based systems, so you may understand from where my concern arises. – Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Sep 9 '20 at 17:52
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    Basically, the question is, "I downloaded software from somewhere I do not trust. Can I trust it anyway?". If you do not sufficiently trust Microsoft, do not download from their store. It is really as simple as that. There are plenty of other sources for Kali. – Ljm Dullaart Sep 9 '20 at 19:49
  • It's not the source I don't trust. It's the context in which I do not trust it, since penetration tests are quite sensitive. – Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Sep 10 '20 at 14:43
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    Microsoft knows every executable you have on your Windows system via Defender. It will be scanned, hashed, categorized, and copied for analysis if unknown. – user10216038 Sep 11 '20 at 16:15

As mentioned in the comments of this question, Windows has many telemetry features. Ones which you cannot disable, either. There are some settings you can change to reclaim some privacy but in general, you cannot remove all the tracking features. This makes it a horrible operating system as far as privacy is concerned.

Additionally, their service agreement effectively gives them control over any content you generate on their system. This is also terrible for both you and your privacy.

If you're concerned about your privacy then don't use Windows at all. It is a horrible OS in terms of privacy.

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