What information Windows 10 collects from you

Windows 10

What Windows 10 has to offer:

  • The Start Menu returns, featuring Live Tiles. This is an application shortcut grid which shows a preview of the latest information from the app.
  • Notifications stay in the Action Centre.
  • Better volume control and battery monitoring
  • Modern UI apps exist in normal windows on the desktop
  • You don’t have to hunt for windows that might be hidden behind one another, thanks to improved window snapping.
  • There are virtual desktops now, so you can create additional screens in which to place windows.
  • The Game DVR acts as a built-in screen recorder
  • Windows Hello lets you use facial or fingerprint recognition to log into your Windows 10 PC.
  • You can search the web from the Start menu or open recent documents by right clicking on apps
  • Desktop animations are accelerated, so it’s really fast

Microsoft has also recently announced new features and security enhancements for Windows 10. In an effort to be more transparent, Microsoft revealed more about what information Windows 10 collects from users’ PCs. The company also clarified what the privacy settings mean.

According to Microsoft, users will now “receive a notification asking you to review your privacy settings before downloading the update.”

Microsoft has also revealed that it aims to put users in control and provide “the info you need to make informed decisions about your privacy”.

Windows 10 users can toggle the following privacy settings:

  • Location
  • Speech recognition
  • Diagnostics
  • Relevant Ads
  • Tailored experiences with diagnostics data

Diagnostics data cannot be turned off. It’s collected in two ways: Basic and Full

Basic diagnostics send Microsoft data that is critical for the operation, updating and improvement of the Windows 10 operating system.

Full diagnostics collect information such as Common User ID, IP Address, Device Type and content consumption.

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