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From the moment Microsoft launched Windows 10, the company has faced criticism over the privacy (ar lack of it) of Windows 10 users. Now, ahead of the release of the Windows 10 Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update A Peek Into the Windows 10 Creators Update Microsoft just announced the next major Windows 10 upgrade. The Creators Update will come to 400 million users in Spring 2017. Here are the highlights of Wednesday's Windows 10 event. Read More , Microsoft is addressing those privacy concerns.

Windows 10 collects a lot of information about you and what you do while you’re working on your PC. Some of this data collection is necessary for apps to function properly, but the rest is completely unnecessary. So much so that the Electronic Frontier Foundation wrote a scathing editorial eviscerating Microsoft.

Microsoft’s New Windows 10 Privacy Policies

Today, Microsoft is attempting to address these ongoing privacy concerns. In a Windows Blog post, Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of the Windows and Devices Group, set out Microsoft’s “continuing commitment to your privacy with Windows 10”.

First, Microsoft has launched a new web-based privacy dashboard. This lets you see what data is being collected without you having to hunt for it. You can already use it to clear your browsing history, location data, and previous searches. And Microsoft is promising to “add more functionality and categories of data over time”.

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Secondly, Microsoft is simplifying the setup procedure that determines what data Windows 10 will collect. The options will be clearer, and the descriptions of what they actually mean will be fuller and more accurate.

Thirdly, Microsoft is reducing the diagnostic data collection levels from three to two. After the Creators Update, users will be able to select either Basic or Full. The amount of diagnostic data being collected at the Basic level has been reduced, and now only “includes data that is vital to the operation of Windows”.

Further Reading for Concerned Windows 10 Users

For anyone who has been using Windows 10 without understanding the privacy implications, we have previously written about Microsoft’s Windows 10 privacy policies The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Privacy Settings The Complete Guide to Windows 10 Privacy Settings Do you know how much personal data you're actually sharing when using Windows 10? We show you every single Windows 10 privacy setting and what it means. Take back control over your data! Read More . We asked whether you should be worried that Windows 10 is watching Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried? Windows 10 Is Watching: Should You Be Worried? Since its release, Windows 10 has been dogged by rumors concerning user privacy. Some of these are accurate, whereas others are myths. But where does Windows 10 stand on privacy, really? Read More ; advised you how to configure your Windows 10 privacy settings How to Configure Windows 10 Privacy Settings During Setup How to Configure Windows 10 Privacy Settings During Setup If you're installing Windows 10 for the first time, you may be unhappy with the assumptions Microsoft makes when selecting their Express Settings presets during installation. What liberties are Microsoft are taking with your privacy? Read More ; and listed a set of tools designed to help you manage your privacy settings 7 Tools to Manage Privacy Settings in Windows 7 Tools to Manage Privacy Settings in Windows Every Windows version has its flaws and user privacy is one that haunts them all. We'll introduce you to seven tools that can help you manage native Windows privacy settings. Read More .

Are you worried about the Windows 10 usage data Microsoft is collecting? Does the new web-based privacy dashboard ease your concerns? Or the simplified privacy settings? Are you worried about online privacy as a whole? Please let us know in the comments below!

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  1. vasheer
    March 8, 2017 at 10:02 pm

    The ads placed by Google is a very annoying and a big mess all the time cropping up on my screen engulfing whatever I wqant to read and messing up what I need to send - Very awful and very INCINSIDERATE to say the least - I don't NEED ANY ADS displayed - THIS IS VERY CRUEL AND VERY PAINFUL to keep being BOMBARDED with ADS .

  2. lchou
    January 14, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    Microsoft stated they would remove all identifying information from collected telemetry. This has now turned out to be completely false.

    Microsoft records browsing and search history for each user and who knows what else. The only reason they admitted it was because of threatened legal action from the Swiss government. I'm reasonably sure that most users would not want their browser history recorded.

    How can you ever trust a company that includes spyware with its operating system and then is not open and honest about the information that's collected.

  3. Momreads
    January 11, 2017 at 2:23 am

    How much data is Microsoft gathering on me if I never set up a Microsoft account? I do not need to use Cortana or have device- to- device trans-portability. I was stunned to discover how difficult it is to set up a 2nd user on my computer when the 2nd user has no wish to register with Microsoft either.

  4. sandra
    January 11, 2017 at 12:08 am

    This is what really worries me:
    1. Microsoft violated the integrity of Security Updates by injecting a banner ad.
    2. They violated the users' trust by defaulting the Cancel X on a window, and proceeded to load and install Windows 10.
    3. They promised unlimited storage, then took that away for 15 GB, and then 5 GB. Really a "Bait~n~Switch tactic to start charging for cloud storage.
    4. They knew all along that there upgrade policy to Windows 10 was unethical and they also knew that when the number of Windows 10 installs, stalled, they knew they would have to come out a admit that they were a little over-bearing.

    I guess it might be obvious that the government Anti-Trust dude has left the building.

    Their corporate motto - Cloud first, mobile first,......... consumer last!"

    After 2 failures in the mobile arena, and a blatant lack of concern for abandoning Band users, when will it stop?

    Why should I trust anything this company says or does?

    • Dave
      January 11, 2017 at 4:41 am

      Amen, we'll said. Die Evil Corp!