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Nvidia adds Telemetry to their GPU drivers

Nvidia adds Telemetry to their GPU drivers

Nvidia adds Telemetry to their GPU drivers

Nvidia adds Telemetry to their GPU drivers

 
This article was possible thanks to information provided by King of Old School on the OC3D Forums.
 
 
Nvidia has added a telemetry component to their GPU drivers, without any explanation on how it is used, leaving privacy conscious gamers concerned.  
 
To start off Telemetry is a method of sending data back and forth, in this case between your PC and Nvidia. This is often considered as spying, as it is done without the specific consent of the end user and can be used to access personal information. At this time it is unknown what Nvidia is using this tool for, but it has nonetheless concerned a lot of Nvidia users.
 
MajorGeeks discovered this addition to Nvidia's drivers and has a method of disabling the Telemetry service, though at this time it is unknown if disabling the service has any unwanted side effects.  
 

We have reached out to Nvidia and have asked them why they have added this Telemetry tool to their GPU drivers and what information they will be using from Nvidia-powered PCs. It is expected that Nvidia will be using this tool to send crash reports to the company and potentially gather information on your PCs system specifications or game settings, for use by Nvidia's driver development team to improve Geforce Drivers and the Geforce Experience app, though this is just an informed guess.     

 

Nvidia adds Telemetry to their GPU drivers

 

Right now a portion of Nvidia users are becoming increasingly displeased with the companies drivers and software, with Nvidia recently making a Nvidia account a requirement to use the Geforce Experience and now adding Telemetry tools to their GPU drivers.     

We have reached out to Nvidia for comment and will update this article if and when we learn more. 

 

You can join the discussion on Nvidia adding Telemetry to their Geforce Drivers on the OC3D Forums

 

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07-11-2016, 05:56:55

Chrazey
Didn't know about this, hence why I love OC3D's news ... Got a bit wondering why I needed to make an account for Experience? ...Quote

07-11-2016, 06:35:35

King of Old Old School
Well for me Nvidia has borked the GFE version 2 every time i open it, it wants me to upgrade to version 3.

Maybe i need to go back to an older version of the Nvidia drivers.

Here's an update from Gamers Nexus not sure how good they are.

http://www.gamersnexus.net/industry/...nsfer-analysisQuote

07-11-2016, 06:46:39

SuB
Other coverage of this is desperately sensationalised.

GeForce Experience was always leading this way, and it's nothing identifiable, it's just usage and stuff. People want better drivers? Then allow some telemetry, no-one is spying on you they're just trying to get a better look at how things are behaving. Sometimes trusting user reports doesn't work, and you need raw data. That's all this is.

Calm down people!Quote

07-11-2016, 07:01:49

SPS
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Other coverage of this is desperately sensationalised.

GeForce Experience was always leading this way, and it's nothing identifiable, it's just usage and stuff. People want better drivers? Then allow some telemetry, no-one is spying on you they're just trying to get a better look at how things are behaving. Sometimes trusting user reports doesn't work, and you need raw data. That's all this is.

Calm down people!
"But we want a better experience, can't you do that without gathering any data on how we use your product, maybe try consulting a psychic instead of robbing me of my privacy ?!"Quote

07-11-2016, 07:05:07

WYP
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
Other coverage of this is desperately sensationalised.

GeForce Experience was always leading this way, and it's nothing identifiable, it's just usage and stuff. People want better drivers? Then allow some telemetry, no-one is spying on you they're just trying to get a better look at how things are behaving. Sometimes trusting user reports doesn't work, and you need raw data. That's all this is.

Calm down people!
Indeed, I understand why some people are concerned, but there really isn't anything to worry about here.

It would have been nice if Nvidia had released some more information on this when they implemented it, as this kinda stuff is often over sensationalised by the usual souces.Quote
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