Microsoft makes new Windows 10 Privacy tools official

Leaked recently, Microsoft has now officially unveiled the new privacy tools coming to Windows 10.

The new Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer lets Windows 10 users view diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and provide you with increased control over that data.

Users will be able to see and search all Windows diagnostic data that’s in the cloud related to your specific device.

The diagnostic data presented in the menu includes;

  • Common Data, like the Operating System’s name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on.
  • Device Connectivity and Configuration such as device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information.
  • Product and Service Performance data that show device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries.
  • Product and Service Usage data includes details about the usage of the device, operating system, applications, and services.
  • Software Setup and Inventory such as installed applications and install history, device update information.

Users are able to view, search and filter diagnostic data, as well as provide feedback about the viewer. You can find a list of diagnostic event categories, which define how the events are used by Microsoft. Selecting a checkbox lets you filter between the diagnostic event categories. More details about these categories can be found here.

In addition, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard will enable you to see and manage more data associated with your Microsoft account.  The Microsoft Privacy Dashboard now has a new Activity History page which provides a clear and easy to navigate to see the data that is saved with your Microsoft account. The Microsoft Privacy Dashboard allows you to manage your data and change what data is collected by adjusting the privacy settings on your device or browser at any time.

Microsoft also plans to add the following features over the coming months:

  • View and manage media consumption data, as well as product and service activity on the Activity History page
  • Export for any of the data you see on the dashboard
  • Delete specific items to allow for greater individual control

The improvements are coming to Insiders first before rolling out to regular users.

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