You will have more control over Windows 10's data collection soon

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Overall, Microsoft is becoming more transparent about the data it collects, but it still won't offer a way to fully disable telemetry collection.

Since coming under fire for its data collection practices since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft's greater transparency on the data it collects from customers' using its operating system is welcome. There is some usage data collected, specifically pertaining to the apps and services you use, but not actual content. Windows may also get data about which applications you install and your device update history. The update will include the "Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer" feature which will let users see exactly what data the company is collecting about them.

Microsoft itself, of course, has long had tools to view this data internally, but the Data Viewer tool puts a user-friendly interface on top of this data. Microsoft collects a bunch of anonymous Windows 10 data from users to help improve the operating system and make product decisions. However, Microsoft's documentation states that such data collection "isn't meant to capture user viewing, listening or habits". This includes Common Data (your OS version, device ID/type, etc.), Device Connectivity and Configuration data (device capabilities, user settings, peripherals and network info), Product and Service Performance (device health, performance, reliability data), Product and Service Usage (data on usage of device, apps, OS), and Software Setup and Inventory (update information).

Ever since Microsoft made Windows 10 as a service (WaaS), the OS gained notoriety for collecting a lot of telemetry data. Users can download this free tool without the need for a Microsoft account. You can find a list of diagnostic event categories, which define how the events are used by Microsoft.




View and manage media consumption data, as well as product and service activity on the Activity History page.

The company announced today initial tests for this new feature as part of its Windows Insiders program. The company argues that its own controls ensure that personal data isn't mixed with data collected at the Basic level and that the benefits for the Windows ecosystem outweigh what it insists are minimal privacy risks.

In addition, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard will enable you to see and manage more data associated with your Microsoft account.

For customers running Windows 10 Enterprise edition, a separate setting, available via Group Policy, reduces telemetry collection to a bare minimum but also disables Windows Update.

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