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After criticism, MS adds privacy web dashboard, simplifies controls

     
10:56 pm on Jan 10, 2017 (gmt 0)

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After months of criticism, Microsoft announced some new privacy-related features, including a change to the way Windows 10 collects telemetry data:

Our continuing commitment to your privacy with Windows 10 [blogs.windows.com]

Many of you have asked for more control over your data, a greater understanding of how data is collected, and the benefits this brings for a more personalized experience. Based on your feedback, we are launching two new experiences to help ensure you are in control of your privacy.

First, today we’re launching a new web-based privacy dashboard so you can see and control your activity data from Microsoft including location, search, browsing, and Cortana Notebook data across multiple Microsoft services. Second, we’re introducing in Windows 10 a new privacy set up experience, simplifying Diagnostic data levels and further reducing the data collected at the Basic level. These Windows 10 changes are being introduced in a Windows Insider build soon for feedback first and will be rolled out to everyone when the Windows 10 Creators Update becomes available.
1:55 am on Jan 11, 2017 (gmt 0)

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So again, for us lowly end-users, we will see these Win10 in April. I think most of the Bing & Edge features are already there.
11:39 am on Jan 11, 2017 (gmt 0)

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There's a web-based privacy dashboard available where you can manage your browsing data, clear search history, location data, and also Cortana's "Notebook."

Looking further, There are the Windows 10 privacy settings, which apps can access the data, along with the usual ad preferences and marketing data. It's worth visiting that site and at the very least reviewing it.

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