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  1. Posts : 22,947
    64-bit Windows 10 Pro build 16273
       10 Jan 2017 #1

    Microsoft: Our continuing commitment to your privacy with Windows 10


    At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to protecting our customers’ privacy. This includes providing clear choices and easy-to-use tools that put you in control of how your information is collected and used. Trust is a core pillar of our More Personal Computing vision, and we are working hard to make sure Windows 10 is the most secure Windows ever and a product you love and trust.

    Many of you have asked for more control over your data, a greater understanding of how data is collected, and the benefits this brings for a more personalized experience. Based on your feedback, we are launching two new experiences to help ensure you are in control of your privacy.

    First, today we’re launching 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. Second, we’re introducing in Windows 10 a new privacy set up experience, simplifying Diagnostic data levels and further reducing the data collected at the Basic level. These Windows 10 changes are being introduced in a Windows Insider build soon for feedback first and will be rolled out to everyone when the Windows 10 Creators Update becomes available.

    We also recognize organizations have different needs than individuals when addressing privacy. Learn more about what we’re doing to help IT pros manage telemetry and privacy within their organizations here.

    Microsoft privacy dashboard introduces new ways to review and manage activity data

    We heard that you want better ways to be able to see and manage activity data collected by Microsoft services. Today, we’re taking a step forward in supporting our privacy principle of transparency with the introduction of a new Microsoft privacy dashboard on the web that lets you easily see and manage your activity data.

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



    Privacy changes coming to the Creators Update

    We’ve been listening to your feedback and shared how we’re protecting your privacy shortly after the launch of Windows 10. We are continuing this commitment to make it as easy as possible for you to make informed choices about your privacy with Windows 10. With that in mind, in the Creators Update, we are making some changes by simplifying the privacy settings themselves and improving the way we present the privacy settings to you.

    First, we will introduce a new set up experience for you to choose the settings that are right for you. This experience, which replaces previous Express Settings, will look slightly different depending on the version of Windows you are using. If you are moving from Windows 7 or Windows 8, or doing a fresh install of Windows 10, the new set up experience will clearly show you simple but important settings and you will need to choose your settings before you can move forward with setup. If you are already using Windows 10, we will use notifications to prompt you to choose your privacy settings. We’ll introduce this process in an upcoming Windows Insider build soon.

    Second, we’ve simplified our Diagnostic data collection from three levels to two: Basic and Full. If you previously selected the Enhanced level, you’ll have the option to choose Basic or Full with the Creators Update.

    Third, we’ve further reduced the data collected at the Basic level. This includes data that is vital to the operation of Windows. We use this data to help keep Windows and apps secure, up-to-date, and running properly when you let Microsoft know the capabilities of your device, what is installed, and whether Windows is operating correctly. This option also includes basic error reporting back to Microsoft.

    Below is a look at the new privacy settings set up experience we will be introducing to Windows Insiders in an upcoming build. We have made this new set up experience voice-capable providing greater accessibility for customers. Voice data remains on the device as part of this set up process.



    User interface designs presented to Windows Insiders are subject to change before general availability.

    As you make your choices in the new set up experience, we’ll share additional information about what impact each choice will have on your Windows experience as shown below.



    User interface designs presented to Windows Insiders are subject to change before general availability.

    As always, customers can review all their privacy settings, including these, and make changes at any time under Settings.

    Looking forward

    When it comes to your privacy, we strive to make choices easy to understand while also providing clear visibility and control over your data. We believe finding the right balance is one of our most important tasks in delivering great personalized experiences that you love and trust.

    Today, we take another step in our journey to make changes that address your feedback and help make your experience with Windows and other Microsoft products better and richer. We want you to be informed about and in control of your data, which is why we’re working hard on these settings and controls. And regardless of your data collection choices, we will not use the contents of your email, chat, files, or pictures to target ads to you.

    Together we’re on a technology journey as devices, the Internet, and smart things all around us are changing the way we communicate, play and get stuff done. At Microsoft, a key part of our journey is engaging with our customers, listening to feedback and trying new ideas. Thank you for all your feedback and please continue to share your thoughts here.

    Terry


    Source: Our continuing commitment to your privacy with Windows 10 - Windows Experience Blog


    See: Privacy dashboard


    Last edited by Brink; 09 Apr 2017 at 13:30.
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  2. Posts : 524
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit; Windows 10 TP; KDE Neon
       10 Jan 2017 #2

    Hello Microsoft

    I want to believe you! I am a bit tired to apply tweaks and to use third party software to try to block whatever I do not know and I have no way to figure out, of what you're collecting from me. Why don't you give me the option to disable Telemetry completely, like you do with Enterprise people, and be fully responsible for my computer? Or why don't you try to remedy the various Event Viewer errors, which appear by hundreds (!) even on the Fresh, absolutely virgin, untouched and un-altered, clean-installed Insider build that I've gotten just today?

    On my primary OS, Win 10 Pro, in which I do my best, only that stupid DistributedCOM (10016) error still persists. Whereas on the Insider build, with all your Telemetry ON, they appear by hundreds! And all that, besides the rest of the obvious errors and malfunctions plenty of people face, and me sometimes but rarely.

    I want to believe you
    However Linux Mint 18 KDE looks absolutely lovely!
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  3.    10 Jan 2017 #3

    I'm more concerned with what info would be available to the hackers if they were able to hack MS. I don't mind sharing some info with MS. I just want to be able to choose what is and what isn't collected.
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  4. Posts : 2,207
    W10 Pro + W10 Preview
       10 Jan 2017 #4

    Joanne said: View Post
    Hello Microsoft

    I want to believe you! I am a bit tired to apply tweaks and to use third party software to try to block whatever I do not know and I have no way to figure out, of what you're collecting from me. Why don't you give me the option to disable Telemetry completely, like you do with Enterprise people, and be fully responsible for my computer? Or why don't you try to remedy the various Event Viewer errors, which appear by hundreds (!) even on the Fresh, absolutely virgin, untouched and un-altered, clean-installed Insider build that I've gotten just today?

    On my primary OS, Win 10 Pro, in which I do my best, only that stupid DistributedCOM (10016) error still persists. Whereas on the Insider build, with all your Telemetry ON, they appear by hundreds! And all that, besides the rest of the obvious errors and malfunctions plenty of people face, and me sometimes but rarely.

    I want to believe you
    However Linux Mint 18 KDE looks absolutely lovely!
    Joanne.
    O yea of little faith.....did you really expect a faultless W10 Insider O/S?....a concept which is in the process of perpetual improvement in both reliability and innovation, with the hoped for added help from us Insiders, proffering improvement suggestions and reporting bugs.....it is most certainly not a released O/S to the general public.
    As for telemetry....do you have something to hide, and if so, inadvisable on a beta.
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  5. Posts : 1,500
    W7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), LM 18.2 MATE (64 bit), W10 Home
       10 Jan 2017 #5

    Why should anyone have any faith in MS' claims about respecting user privacy?
    These are "the guys" who deliberately copied malware installers (making the close button an install button).

    OTOH, Beta software shouldn't be used for any important/private activities.
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  6. Posts : 1,750
    Windows 10 Home x64 (Laptop), Windows 10 Pro x64 (Desktop)
       11 Jan 2017 #6

    There is no mention of backdoors to security agencies built into MS software with or without the agreement of Microsoft. The only safe PC has no internet connection, preferably inside a Faraday Cage!
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  7.    11 Jan 2017 #7

    How can anyone trust this... If Microsoft were so concerned about a user's privacy, they simply shouldn't collect any data, other than a login and password. the part about being able to turn off relevant ads, they say ".. it will not cut down the amount of ads, they just might not be relevant to you.. ", is that sick or what?

    Paying for an OS to spy on you, that is just crazy talk..
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  8.    11 Jan 2017 #8

    For the people saying this is an insider build, the features will ideally roll out to production. That's the whole point of being a beta tester. I do understand the privacy concerns, which is why I personally run Windows 10 Pro and turn the features off via local group policy. The only part that I despise is the advertising ID. Yes, Windows 10 was free early on, but a majority of people pay for either via OEM fees or a retail upgrade. To push advertising in an operating system for which there is a fee is at least arrogant. If I use a free system like android, or a free website like Facebook, I understand I am opening myself up to advertisers. However, if I am paying for something whether it is called a license fee or something else, I don't expect advertisers to be pushing their products in my face based on my personal data that I did not want them to have. Yes, you can turn off the advertiser ID, but then the alternative is to still get ads push to you on occasion. The actual solution is no ads at all.
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  9. Posts : 1,614
    Windows 10 Pro x64 - XP/Vista/Win7/Win8.1 in VM for testing
       12 Jan 2017 #9

    The whole question is a simple one

    You are going to see advertising as you use the net - No way you can stop that unless you totally change the web to a subscription model where you pay to browse every single site you visit - Ad revenue pays for the internet

    What you can do is either select to see advertising for a random set of products, the majority of which are always going to be of no interest, or see them for a set of products that specifically relate to what you have shown interest in by searching for.

    The targeted advertising is a far better option for me

    Anyone who disables the targeted advertising is actually asking for more unwanted ads not less
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  10.    12 Jan 2017 #10

    Barman58 said: View Post
    The whole question is a simple one

    You are going to see advertising as you use the net - No way you can stop that unless you totally change the web to a subscription model where you pay to browse every single site you visit - Ad revenue pays for the internet

    What you can do is either select to see advertising for a random set of products, the majority of which are always going to be of no interest, or see them for a set of products that specifically relate to what you have shown interest in by searching for.

    The targeted advertising is a far better option for me

    Anyone who disables the targeted advertising is actually asking for more unwanted ads not less
    But not when it is your Operating System that is doing it. If I browse the web, I expect ads, or going to a particular site, I get that. Just like this forum, they have ads, no problem. But I am not paying for it and I choose to participate. Windows 10 is an operating system, it should not be used as an advertising tool, especially when one pays for it. If it were entirely free, that would be another story.

    If Microsoft wants to include advertising they should make Windows 10 free, OR, if you buy it, it should be totally advertising neutral, collect no data and distribute none. IMO
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