Later this year, Microsoft will roll out the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer, a new tool that will show users exactly which data that the operating system sends back to Microsoft servers.
There's been a lot of controversy about the telemetry features of Windows. Since the launch of Windows 10, Microsoft tried to address some of the fears surrounding the data collection in Windows 10 and now the company takes it one step further by offering a free tool that will let anyone see, search, and take action with the diagnostic data.
The diagnostic data presented in the menu includes;
Common Data, like the Operating System’s name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on.
Device Connectivity and Configuration such as device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information.
Product and Service Performance data that show device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries. It’s important to note that this functionality is not intended to capture user viewing or, listening habits.
Product and Service Usage data includes details about the usage of the device, operating system, applications, and services.
Software Setup and Inventory such as installed applications and install history, device update information.
Furthermore, Microsoft will let you see and manage more data associated with your Microsoft Account via the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. The company will also enhance the Activity History page and allow for specific items to be deleted. These are separate from the Diagnostic Data Viewer tool.
Despite the increased transparency, Microsoft still doesn't address the main criticism about the Windows 10 telemetry data. A lot of users simply want an option to completely disable the data collection and that's unfortunately a request that Microsoft still refuses to meet.