Windows 10 Will Soon Let You View All the Data Microsoft Collects From You

Posted on January 24, 2018 by Mehedi Hassan in Microsoft, Windows 10 with 21 Comments

Microsoft Announces the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

Windows 10 is soon getting a new app that will let users keep track of all the data that’s being collected by Microsoft from their device. Ahead of the Data Privacy Day, Microsoft today introduced a new Diagnostic Data Viewer app for Windows 10–first coming to Windows Insiders–that enables users to view all the diagnostic data that’s being collected by Windows 10.

The new Diagnostic Data Viewer will display different types of diagnostic data collected by the OS. This includes Common Data (your OS version, device ID/type, etc.), Device Connectivity and Configuration data (device capabilities, user settings, peripherals and network info), Product and Service Performance (device health, performance, reliability data), Product and Service Usage (data on usage of device, apps, OS), and Software Setup and Inventory (update information). The app includes a search feature that lets you search for specific items.

Along with the new Diagnostic Data Viewer, Microsoft is launching an improved Privacy Dashboard for all Microsoft Accounts that lets users view their account’s Activity History, consisting of data that’s been collected from your Windows 10 device. If you have a Cortana-powered speaker, it will also let you listen to all the recordings of what Cortana heard when you activated Hey Cortana with your voice.

Microsoft has been under a lot of fire regarding Windows 10’s early privacy problems, though the company provided users with greater control over their privacy in recent Windows 10 updates. The new Diagnostic Data Viewer is certainly a step forward, and it will be coming to all Windows 10 users sometime in March or April when the company releases Windows 10 Redstone 4.

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