How to Use Microsoft Privacy Dashboard to Manage Your Privacy on the Cloud in Windows 10

Microsoft has introduced a new web-based privacy dashboard so you can see and control your activity data from Microsoft including location, search, browsing, and Cortana Notebook data across multiple Microsoft services.

When you are signed in with your Microsoft account, you can go to to review and clear data such as browsing history, search history, location activity, and Cortana’s Notebook – all in one place. This is Microsoft's first step in expanding the tools that give you visibility and control over your data spanning Microsoft products and services that they will continue to add more functionality and categories of data over time.

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This tutorial will show you how to open and use the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard to manage the privacy of your Microsoft account in Windows 10.

Here's How:

1. Go to the site at Microsoft, and sign in with your Microsoft account (MSA) if you're not already signed in.

This website is the place where you can manage your privacy settings for the Microsoft products and services you use, and where you can view and clear the data that Microsoft saves to the cloud.

2. You can now view and clear the data for the following categories:

For other data that is saved to your Windows 10 device, you'll need to go to your device to change those privacy settings and view the data collected. You'll find detailed instructions for viewing and changing your privacy settings on your device on the individual settings pages listed below.
 Browsing history

If browsing history in Cortana is turned on, your Microsoft Edge browsing history is sent to Microsoft so that Microsoft features and services may use this data to provide you with timely and intelligent answers, proactive personalized suggestions, or to complete tasks for you.

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 Search history

Like other search engines, Bing uses your search history to give you better results, including personalization and autosuggest. Cortana also uses that data to give you timely, intelligent answers, personalized suggestions, and complete other tasks for you.

How to Clear Your Search History for On-device Searches in Windows 10

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 Location activity

To give you directions to the places you want to go, and show you data relevant to where you are, we use locations that you provide or that we've detected using technologies like GPS.

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 Cortana's Notebook

To help you avoid traffic, remember anniversaries, text the right “Jennifer” in your contact list, and in general do more, Cortana needs to know what you’re interested in, what’s on your calendar, and who you might want to do things with. The Notebook is where Cortana keeps track of your interests. When you don’t want to reach for a keyboard, Cortana can use your speech and handwriting patterns to help translate what you say or write into documents and text messages.

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 Health activity

Microsoft Health, HealthVault, and devices like Microsoft Band can help you collect, understand, and manage your health data. Your data can include activity and fitness data like heart rate and daily steps taken. It can also include any health records you store in HealthVault. And HealthVault gives you the ability to share health records with caregivers.

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 Other privacy settings

The Microsoft Privacy Dashboard also helps show you how to manage other privacy settings such as:
  • Windows - Change any of your privacy settings on your Windows 10 device
  • Apps and services - Manage the apps and services that are allowed to access your data.
  • Xbox - Adjust your Xbox privacy settings either on your console or by signing in to
  • Office - View your privacy settings in any Office program.
  • Skype - Edit who can see your profile in Skype and other privacy settings by signing in to your account at
  • Advertising preferences - Choose whether you would like to see personalized advertising.
  • Marketing preferences - Manage promotional communications associated with your Microsoft account. If you don't have a Microsoft account, you can manage promotional email communications.

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That's it,