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New Windows 10 privacy controls: Just a little snooping – or the max

adam payne Silver badge

"We are continuing this commitment to make it as easy as possible for you to make informed choices about your privacy with Windows 10," writes Terry Myerson, executive veep of Microsoft's Windows and Devices group. "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."

Where is the turn everything off button?

"The dashboard, which went live on Tuesday, reveals how Microsoft logs people's whereabouts as well as their search requests, Cortana chats, and browser histories pulled from their Windows 10 computers and gadgets. This data can be deleted on request via the portal. According to Microsoft:

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."

Why do you need any of these things? It has nothing to do with you.

Once the data leaves your PC you have no control over it. How do we know you have deleted it? just because you say so on a flashy web page doesn't make it so.

"This "full" mode will also give Microsoft your "inking and typing data." Engineers, with permission from Microsoft’s privacy governance team, can obtain users' documents that trigger crashes in applications, so they can work out what's going wrong, from people's machines running in "full" mode. The techies can also run diagnostic tools remotely on the computers, again with permission from their overseers."

Seriously, obtaining users documents and you don't think that this is a massive privacy issue. What about confidential documents with personal details in them, account numbers, passwords etc.

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