Microsoft Announces New Data Privacy Tools for Windows 10

Microsoft Announces New Data Privacy Tools for Windows 10

Lindsey Duncan
January 26, 2018

With Microsoft recently admitting that Windows 10 Mobile is dead, fans of the mobile platform have had to deal with the sad fact that their devices will never see featured updates or big touches of Microsoft's new Fluent design system. In 2016, France had the company to stop collecting excessive user data from Windows users and serving them personalised ads without their consent. The new translucency-heavy Fluent Design System was announced by Microsoft past year, the blur and translucency effect in Windows 10 Mobile makes it look absolutely gorgeous.

Increased scrutiny from the European Union and organisations such as the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) led the company to reveal what data Windows 10 collects but now with the new Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, users will be able to see exactly what data their devices are sending back to Microsoft. Hopefully, this will (at least slightly) improve the adoption of Windows 10 in enterprises working with highly sensitive data.

The Privacy Dashboard will now allow users to see and manage more data that is associated with their Microsoft account. Alarming as it may sound to some users, Rogers claimed that the "functionality is not meant to capture user viewing or, listening habits".

Installed applications and install history, device update information.

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In addition to this new tool, Microsoft is also launching a small update to its Privacy Dashboard. Alternatively, users can take advantage of the app's search and filtering abilities to dig into it. Starting in build 17083, non-administrator users can change their own diagnostic data settings, as well. Microsoft has changed the Windows Timeline feature to provide the option to delete all activities from the past hour or day and to default to only showing the past four days of activities from devices signed into your Microsoft account.

Over the past one year, Microsoft has been releasing a number of toggles to give users control over their data. It provides filters to separate the diagnostic events by categories such as browsing history, product and service performance, etc.

In a post about the Insider build, Dona Sarkar, leader of the Windows Insider program, also confirmed that the forthcoming tabbed windows feature known as Sets won't be ready for the Redstone 4 update.

Control your data Since Windows 10's launch in 2015, the operating system has found itself under frequent attack by privacy groups.