Microsoft Opens Up About What Types of User Data Windows 10 Collects

Friday, 26 Jan, 2018

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Rogers wrote, "Your data privacy will continue to be a priority towards making Windows 10 the best and most secure experience". Ahead of the Data Privacy Day, Microsoft today introduced a new Diagnostic Data Viewer app for Windows 10-first coming to Windows Insiders-that enables users to view all the diagnostic data that's being collected by Windows 10.

While Windows 10 S users can only install apps via the Microsoft Store, they can still use Win32 apps ported to the Store via the Desktop Bridge.

The Privacy Dashboard will now allow users to see and manage more data that is associated with their Microsoft account. Users will be able to view information on their devices and their configurations, including connected peripherals, settings and the network information pertaining to a given device.

Product and Service Performance data that show device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries. However, Microsoft's documentation states that such data collection "isn't meant to capture user viewing, listening or habits".

Microsoft Opens Up About What Types of User Data Windows 10 Collects
Microsoft Opens Up About What Types of User Data Windows 10 Collects

This includes things like common data (operating system name, version, device ID, device class, and diagnostic level selection), device connectivity, service performance data, product and service usage, and software setup and inventory.

In addition to the Diagnostic Data Viewer, Microsoft is also enhancing its online privacy dashboard. Additionally, users will be able to export their dashboard data and delete specific items. Also, a user would be allowed to change their account's Diagnostic Data levels, irrespective to what has originally been set by the administrator.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer utility adds a capability that privacy advocates have been requesting since the release of Windows 10. The tool is available to insiders now, allows you to see and search all Windows diagnostic data that's in the cloud related to your specific device. Researchers at the Dutch Data Protection Authority, who earlier found that Windows 10 violated Dutch privacy regulations, had complained back in October that Windows 10 didn't provide users access to the actual telemetry data sent back to Microsoft.

Windows Insiders on the Fast ring are getting a sneek peak at some features destined for the next big Windows Update in Build 17083.