NVIDIA removes telemetry from its display drivers

Posted on Friday, May 25 2018 @ 10:11 CEST by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Yesterday we saw the rollout of NVIDIA's GeForce 397.93 WHQL drivers. One of the changes tucked away in the release notes is the removal of the "Experience Improvement Program" from the NVIDIA Control Panel. As reported by AnandTech, this means the data collection/telemetry features are now back in the GeForce Experience tool, and are no longer a part of the standard display drivers:
Given the recent frenzy of GDPR notifications ahead of tomorrow’s enforcement date (5/25/18), the “Experience Improvement Program” data collection for NVIDIA’s display drivers was more of a recent development. A few years ago, it was noticed that a number of auto-running telemetry functions had silently found its way into NVIDIA’s standard display drivers with 368.25, where previously it was only coupled with GeForce Experience; later, 381.65 added an opt-out option by unticking an “Allow Experience Improvement Program” option in the Help menu of NVIDIA Control Panel. Looking at NVIDIA’s new GDPR-compliant privacy policy and privacy center, these data collection functionalities will now be present only in GFE, GeForce NOW, and SHIELD TV.

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