For more privacy control, Microsoft’s data will be in the hands of Windows 10 users
Prior to the Windows 10 Creator update, Microsoft was trying to solve a long-running problem for its users – privacy – by changing the privacy controls on the platform. These changes include the introduction of a web-based privacy dashboard that allows users to view and control data collected by Microsoft, including location, search, browsing and Cortana Notebook data across multiple Microsoft services. In addition, the privacy setup promises to make the experience more accessible.
Initially, after this Windows update, users will be able to see simple but important settings during Windows 10 setup that they need to configure before proceeding further.
Second, Microsoft will simplify the level of diagnostic data collection through this update. Currently, there are three layers – Basic, Extended and Complete, which would be confusing to any average user who doesn’t really want to read the fine print. With the update, there will be only two levels – ‘Basic’ and ‘Full’. The data collected at the basic level is further reduced which is essential for Windows to function properly.
The dashboard has been launched to improve the visibility of data collected by Microsoft. If you’re signed in with your Microsoft account, you’ll need to go to account microsoft.com/privacy and, if you wish, review and clear any data that Microsoft has tracked from your device.
Many of us don’t really think about the data tracked by tech giants like Google and Microsoft. But it is important to know that the free services that these companies provide are at the expense of our personal data. While this may be okay for most of us, we can at least expect the transaction to be transparent. With Windows 10, the privacy debate has been going on since its inception, and it’s good to see that Microsoft is taking steps to ensure the simplified transparency that Google has provided for some time now, and Apple hasn’t come close yet.