Microsoft Previews Privacy App that Shows Windows 10 Telemetry Info

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Microsoft To Tell You What They Are Doing With 'Diagnostic Data'

Microsoft has gotten plenty of heat over the years for being insufficiently focused on the privacy of its users, but it's looking to change that image this year with a new suite of tools to track your personal data. In the Diagnostic Data Viewer app, you can view your diagnostics events, search your diagnostic events, filter your diagnostic event categories, and more.

Common Data, like the Operating System's name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on. The app includes a search feature that lets you search for specific items.

In a blog post today, Microsoft's Marisa Rogers officially discussed the rumored Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer shows the exact details sent to Microsoft. There are many people who have refused to upgrade because of the data collection from Microsoft.

View and manage media consumption data, as well as product and service activity on the Activity History page. That is to say you can see exactly what data Windows 10 is storing regarding your use of it, but you can't really stop that collection from happening - only minimize it.

Windows 10 build 17083, said to be released on Wednesday to "fast ring" Windows Insider Program testers, includes a new Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer application. When an administrator sets the Diagnostic Data level, a user can choose to update the Diagnostic Data setting. This category also includes device file queries and movie consumption capabilities, although Microsoft insists that "this functionality is not meant to capture user viewing or listening habits". Browsing History data is from the Microsoft Edge browser, while Inking, Typing, and Speech Utterance data are typically associated with the Cortana service.

Microsoft has also updated the privacy dashboard and will also bring additional privacy features. In theory, it should confirm Microsoft's contention that telemetry data is used for product improvement and not for tracking its users' activity. While telemetry collected can never be zero, Microsoft has been proactively including options for more transparency. The presentation is low-level (Microsoft's screenshots show using various -numeric values that encode information but without any key to explain what information each number encodes), so straightforward reading and interpretation will remain limited.

For customers running Windows 10 Enterprise edition, a separate setting, available via Group Policy, reduces telemetry collection to a bare minimum but also disables Windows Update.

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