In a move to allay the fears of many that Windows 10 is harvesting user data behind the scenes, Microsoft has said there are important privacy enhancements in the Creators Update. Does this go far enough?
Microsoft is to publish more information about the data Windows 10 collects, and it says it's only at a basic level.
It's updating is privacy statement to cover the enhancements in the Creators Update, and will let users see a notification schedule to choose privacy settings.
It'll also provide more information about product privacy with a "learn more" link.
For the first time, we have published a complete list of the diagnostic data collected at the Basic level. Individual data points that relate to a specific item or event are collected together and called Events. These are further organized into diagnostic areas. We are also providing a detailed summary of the data we collect from users at both Basic and Full levels of diagnostics. Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Data Collection and Privacy Controls [blogs.windows.com]
The second image shows the same screen with all toggles set to “Off” (and, in the case of diagnostics, to “Basic”).
The next image below shows the same screen with all toggles set to “Off” (and, in the case of diagnostics, to “Basic”). Again, each toggle provides a short description of the impact of the setting.