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Monday, 21 December 2015

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Yet another year draws to a close. It seems to come around quicker and quicker each year.

We have seen many changes during 2015, which have included the updating of ISO 9001 Quality Management Standard and ISO 14001 Environmental Management standard.  There has been a         3 year transition period declared for these Standards which means that any organisation not carrying out a transition to the 2015 Standards will automatically be deregistered in September 2018.   We recommend that transition should be carried out during 2016 or 2017 at the latest to avoid a last minute rush when assessors may not be available to carry out the work.

We are currently working out a timetable for our Clients and providing help and advice on the requirements necessary to achieve a satisfactory transition.

It has been interesting to see the approach taken by Certification Bodies in that each seems to have a slightly different view on the way forward.  Some see a considerable amount of work needed to satisfy the requirements while others take a more pragmatic view in that organisations that have held the Standards for some time will not need to change much to satisfy an assessor.

In any event the Standards will not change the way most organisations conduct their core business.
If you need any help or advice on the requirements and documented information needed, please contact us and we will be pleased to assist you.

This will be our final blog for 2015. Our offices will be closed from midday on Wednesday 23 December 2015 and reopen on Monday 4 January 2016.  Email will be monitored but may take longer for us to respond during this period.

We wish our Clients and readers of our blog a very Merry Christmas and a Happy and prosperous New Year.

Monday, 7 December 2015

Microsoft tracking in Windows 10

We at Quality Matters take information security very seriously so we were alarmed to be made aware that a data collecting system was being operated by Microsoft in Windows 10.

It is called “Diagnostics Tracking Service” and was introduced during the May 2015 windows update patch KB3022345.

The data being collected according to Microsoft:

Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests;  browsing, search and file history, phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.

It is relatively simple to see if this is enabled in your system:

From the windows symbol on the bottom left of the screen right click and click run, type in services.msc and click enter.

Scroll down to Diagnostic Tracking Service, if this is enabled then you can stop and disable it by clicking on the element and then disabling it.  

Although Microsoft claim that this information will be used to allow developers to improve functionality, it would have been better if they had announced that this would be installed and given users the option of not installing it, rather than just including it as part of the routine update

We would not want our data to be accessed and we think that others will be of the same mind.

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