Window 10 Gains New Privacy Features In Latest Windows Insider Build

Posted January 26, 2018

The Diagnostic Data Viewer is a new Windows app that gives users the ability to review the data being sent by the operating system back to its creators. These include general device data, such as the exact Windows version, and more specific details about your hardware, installed apps and usage. In 2016, France had the company to stop collecting excessive user data from Windows users and serving them personalised ads without their consent.

Control your data Since Windows 10's launch in 2015, the operating system has found itself under frequent attack by privacy groups. That includes peripherals and basic data about other devices discovered by the computer on your network.

Product and Service Performance data that show device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries. Alarming as it may sound to some users, Rogers claimed that the "functionality is not meant to capture user viewing or, listening habits".

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You are able to see and search all Windows diagnostic data that's in the cloud related to your specific device.

While Microsoft tends to collect anonymised data, there are still concerns with how much is gobbles up.

Those in the Windows Insider program's Fast and Skip Ahead rings can try out the viewer by updating to build 17803. It provides filters to separate the diagnostic events by categories such as browsing history, product and service performance, etc. Enable the Diagnostic Data Viewer toggle and then click the button to launch the app. Also, in February 2017, the European Union data protection watchdogs had that they were still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system despite the USA company announcing changes to the installation process. The Microsoft Privacy Dashboard allows you to manage your data and change what data is collected by adjusting the privacy settings on your device or browser at any time. When an administrator sets the Diagnostic Data level, a user can choose to update the Diagnostic Data setting. However, the company is promising to include access in the next major update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4, which is due sometime in spring.