Privacy is a major concern in this time and age. We share a lot of personal info in the quest of digital solutions. It is only prudent that all the service providers become transparent with the way they handle your personal info. Did you know that every time you use a Google product you leave a digital trail that is stored in their servers? Microsoft also does the same and it is as a result of these pertinent issues that the company has launched two new experiences to help ensure you are in control of your privacy.
First of the company is introducing a new Microsoft privacy dashboard on the web. Through this dashboard you will be able to see and manage activity data collected by Microsoft services.
“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.”
-via Microsoft blog
The second set of changes will be featured in the next Microsoft Update dubbed the Creators Update that is expected around April this year. Microsoft will simplify the Diagnostic data collection from three levels to two: Basic and Full. Those who have selected the Enhanced level will have the option to either choose Basic or Full once the Creators Update rolls.
The data collected at the Basic level will also be reduced significantly. According to Microsoft the company will only collect data that is vital to the operation of Windows and basic error reporting back to Microsoft.
Microsoft will also make the new privacy settings set up experience voice-capable thus providing greater accessibility for customers. Voice data remains on the device as part of this set up process. Microsoft will also endeavour to inform you about what impact each privacy setting choice will have on your Windows experience even before you choose it.