Microsoft Launches New Privacy Dashboard and Updates Privacy Policy

In a show of good faith to their customers, Microsoft has launched a new privacy dashboard that allows the reviewing of personal data collected by the company. In addition, this move comes with some key changes to the Windows 10 privacy policy. The move comes in response to a wash of complaints by users wanting to have more control over what info they’re giving to the company.


Not just for show, the new dashboard also allows full control over what data is being collected. This includes information like your location, search history, browsing details, and Cortana history. This dashboard is web-based and can be accessed by logging in to Microsoft’s privacy page with your Microsoft account.


They also announced changes to Windows 10’s privacy policy, announcing an array of new privacy control tools built in to the OS that will release as a part of the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update. Microsoft claims that these changes will make the OS more secure than it ever has been and will give users easy control over their personal information and what information is collected by Microsoft. Overall data collected will be reduced by default as well, requiring no user input to change the settings. This is good news for the elderly or not-so computer savvy users.


“We have made this new set up experience voice-capable providing greater accessibility for customers…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,” reported Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President, Windows and Devices Group.


The data collection will default to the Basic level, giving information necessary only for the necessary operations of Windows, according to the company. There is also a Full option, which is similar to how Microsoft currently collects data. Users can customize individual settings as they’d like. Existing Windows 10 users will be presented prompts as necessary to allow users to choose their privacy settings. New upgrades from Windows 8 or earlier will be presented the settings options before exiting the setup.

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