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6:11 pm on Apr 5, 2017 (gmt 0)

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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]


https://winblogs.azureedge.net/win/2017/04/UpdateOn.jpg
The second image shows the same screen with all toggles set to “Off” (and, in the case of diagnostics, to “Basic”).
https://winblogs.azureedge.net/win/2017/04/UpdateOff.jpg
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.
https://winblogs.azureedge.net/win/2017/04/Privacy-2.png
https://winblogs.azureedge.net/win/2017/04/Privacy-1.png
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Looling forward to the added privacy controls, which may reduce what the ISPs will soon be privy to in the US.
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I just rechecked all my settings in:

Windows 10 Pro
Version: 1607
Build: 14393.969

I saw nothing similar to the screenshots above [probably my personal choice of settings rather than using the default] - however everything remains OFF
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IanCP - The update starts to roll out next week for most. You won't see the new settings until then.
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Therefore I have to recheck it all yet once again.

Oh well - what else would I do with my time?
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I dropped Win10 for personal use right after the free period ended and MS noted the following month that future Win10 would not allow Powershell scripts to change some of the diagnostic settings (privacy and data) and that updates might change privacy settings without notice.

I had written a Powershell to keep these settings, adding new ones as they became active .... but when MS made that change I decided enough was enough, stayed with Win7 and began a more determined move to open source.

This Creator's Win10 is MS's attempt to bring folks like me back into the fold, but I've been tricked by them once and once is enough.
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I have Windows 10 on a bare bones box and I like it a lot, however IMO you can't really get the full experience and see the potential of Windows 10 unless you experience this OS on hardware that was designed specifically for it. Windows 10 kills it on my MS Surface Pro 4.

This OS is so intuitive, it's like it reads my mind. I use several pieces of software designed for the Windows 10, one of which is a music notation program that utilizes the stylus to write music, then follows with printed notes.

I use the Chrome browser on my phone & desktop, but Chrome is a battery hog on laptop/notebooks so I use Edge on the Surface. By far the best browser for this; easy on the battery, displays sharp, crisp text & images with added features not available on my desktop.

Looking forward to the 3D enhancements and the mixed reality support (although headsets will come later) and of course the added privacy controls with next week's update.
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>> @keyplyr: Looking forward to the added privacy controls, which may reduce what the ISPs will soon be privy to in the US.

Get a proxy VPN. No way around, they all want this info to be traded and they bought all politicians.

I get spammed by Dell in my office. In the latest printed spam I counted 7 win10 and 4 win7 or win8 machines. It is unbelievable numbers, I don't remember a time in the past that 2 years past a major OS release , one of the largest MS pc makers offers 35% of their products in a previous OS version. Nobody wants win10, it's adoption has significant issues, there's clearly a backlash.

And here's another issue. Just because they offer "privacy settings" now, there's still 10,000 little flags and "shortcuts" that Windows has that are 9900 too many. Large enough to create significant pains even for tech people. Large enough for people to try quirky Linux installations. They should learn from original Apple iphone - one button. Now that's an interface.