Microsoft Makes Last Minutes Privacy Tweaks to the Fall Creators Update

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Paul Thurrott in Windows 10 with 15 Comments

Microsoft Makes Last Minutes Privacy Tweaks to the Fall Creators Update

Following a set of largely meaningless privacy changes in the Windows 10 Creators Update, Microsoft revealed today that it is making further tweaks in the Fall Creators Update.

“Continuing with our commitment to privacy and data control, today we’re announcing privacy enhancements coming to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for consumers and commercial customers that further increase your access to information and provides you more control over what information is collected,” Microsoft’s Marisa Rogers writes.

Consumers will see the following changes:

Privacy Statement in Setup. Now, when you are setting up a new computer or completing the upgrade to the Fall Creators Update, you will have direct access to Microsoft’s Privacy Statement.

Learn more about specific privacy settings in Setup. Also during Setup, you will see links to “Learn More” pages for specific privacy settings such as location, speech recognition, diagnostics, tailored experiences, and ads. “You no longer need to sift through the privacy statement if you only want to read about a specific feature, simply click the Learn More button for easy access,” Rogers explains.

App-level privacy controls. To date, Windows 10 apps that need to use your location information were forced to prompt you so that you can approve of this usage. With the Fall Creators Update, this is being extended to other device capabilities like access to your camera, microphone, contacts, calendar, and more. This is similar to how mobile devices already work.

Business customers will see the following additional change:

Diagnostic data limits. Enterprises can now limit the amount of diagnostic data that is transferred from PCs to Microsoft, to the minimum required by Windows Analytics.

Windows Insiders will get a first peek at these changes “in the coming weeks.” In the coming weeks? Guys, you only have weeks. 🙂


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Comments (15)

15 responses to “Microsoft Makes Last Minutes Privacy Tweaks to the Fall Creators Update”

  1. Waethorn

    Do any of the options in the Privacy settings control the Microsoft Compatibility Telemetry service (also known as the Compatibility Appraiser)? I have lots of systems from clients affected by this taking up huge amounts of CPU time when Windows is in use. I know you can remove the scheduled task for it in "Application Experiences" but it starts back up again on a cumulative update or build upgrade.

    I've moved to using Solus Project as my OS. Nice clean OS. Updates are also clean. I installed Chrome and use G Suite and have also installed Virtual Machine Manager (not the Microsoft one - the one for QEMU/KVM on Linux) with Windows 7 and 10 VM images for supporting clients. It's awesome, and so, so refreshing. I'm going to start offering PC's with it as an option.

  2. EZAB

    "Guys, you only have weeks".

    34 Days to be exact, if October 17th. Stays.

  3. brettscoast

    i believe this is a good move by Microsoft to dispel any perceived manipulation of users data by Microsoft give users the options and the related information so they can be informed so they can adjust or tweak these settings where necessary

  4. JustMe

    I certainly have my issues with Windows 10, to include Microsoft's gathering of my data with no regard as to whether I want to actually give it to them or not.

    Having said that, I see what Microsoft is doing here as a good thing, if more than a little late. Users need to know what Microsoft are (and just as important, are NOT) doing with customer data so that they can make informed choices and modify their system settings based on their needs and preferences.

  5. PeteB

    "Following a set of largely meaningless privacy changes in the Windows 10 Creators Update..."

    ..another set of completely meaningless privacy "changes".

    Still no telemetry opt out.

  6. Kadren

    Well, this is getting ridiculous. Windows 10 i seriosuly looking sillier and sillier with its bloated pile of features that don't mean anything, like second-hand file conversion. It's a common trend now, it seems, look at VLC and its conversion silliness. I'd rather they updated the library of programs and made a decent spellchecker for Office or a real screen capture application, because it feels like Mac today, and that's no good.

    So far I haven't seen anything in the fall creators Update that would actually be useful or improves the OS in any significant way. I just hope they're saving something better for the next Windows.