Microsoft once again promises better Windows 10 privacy

Posted on Thursday, Apr 06 2017 @ 13:25 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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In an new blogpost at the Windows Blog, Microsoft once again lays out new features to improve the privacy experience of Windows 10. There are three main things; the company will improve in-product information about your privacy, it will update the Microsoft privacy statement (which probably almost no one ever reads), and it will publish more information about the data they collect.
As part of our commitment to transparency and your privacy, today we’re bringing those enhancements front and center, and sharing three new things that will help you be more informed about your privacy with Windows 10.

  • We are improving in-product information about your privacy. With both short descriptions about each privacy setting and a “Learn More” button, we are committed to making information about your privacy choices easy to access and understand.

  • We are updating the Microsoft privacy statement to include more information about the privacy enhancements in the Creators Update; as well as share more detail about the data we collect and use to support new features offered in this update. Like previous privacy statement updates, we will make this information available to you in a layered manner online, allowing you to progressively explore more information about your privacy choices with Windows 10. We have also summarized the key changes in Change History for Microsoft Privacy Statement.

  • We are publishing more information about the data we collect. Our commitment to you is that we only collect data at the Basic level that is necessary to keep your Windows 10 device secure and up to date. For customers who choose the Full level, we use diagnostic data to improve Windows 10 for everyone and deliver more personalized experiences for you where you choose to let us do so. Our hope is this information will help you be more informed about the data we collect and use, enabling you to make informed choices.
  • A list of all data that gets captured when you configure Windows 10 telemetry for the "basic" level can be reviewed at TechNet. The Windows 10 Creators Update will also come with a reminder screen to choose your privacy settings.

    MS privacy settings W10 Creators Update

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    Thomas De Maesschalck

    Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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