Since launching Windows 10, Microsoft has had to respond to multiple criticisms of privacy in its operating system, with organizations like the EFF charging against them accusing them of omitting user freedom. It seems that the criticism has worked, and the Redmond have taken a first step to start washing their image.
They have done so officially presenting their new privacy tray and upcoming changes in Windows 10 Creators Update. As for the tray, the Privacy Dashboard, it is a specially designed web page so you can know what data they have collected about you . On this page you can also manage them by deleting the ones you have stored so far, or deciding which ones you want to continue to obtain and which ones do not.
“At Microsoft, we are deeply committed to protecting our customers’ privacy, including providing clear options and easy-to-use tools that put you in control of how your information is collected and used.”, We can read on the Microsoft Blog Where the news has been presented. “Trust is a fundamental pillar of our Personal Computing vision, and we’re working hard to make sure Windows 10 is the most secure Windows of all time and a product you like and trust.”
The page shows the data in five categories: Scan History, Search History, Location Activity, Cortana Notebook, and Health Activity. In each one of them you will have the option “View and delete the history”, which will take you to a specific page in which to visualize what is the data that they have about you.
In these specific pages you can also erase all that data at the touch of a button. In some of them, such as search history, you will also have the option to directly configure the Microsoft Bing search engine to determine what data you want to collect.
But in most sections it is not possible to adjust privacy directly from this website. That’s why in each category Microsoft offers a FAQ that tells you what steps you have to take in setting up Windows 10 to prevent you from continuing to store such amount of information.
There will also be changes in Creators Update
From Microsoft have also said that from the next build of the Insider Preview program will begin testing a new privacy panel that will be released with its next major update, the Windows Creators Update 10. Its mission will be to simplify configuration to the maximum Of privacy.
To begin, they will change the current express configuration that we access when installing the operating system to replace it with a simpler configuration and that will vary depending on whether you come from Windows 7, Windows 8 or if you are doing a new installation. This new configuration panel will show you some simple and important options with which to configure your privacy.
They will also change the diagnostic data collection, and will reduce to basic levels the amount of information that Windows 10 collects about you . According to Microsoft, from Creators Update will only get the information strictly necessary to make your applications secure, to work properly and always updated on your device.
So we are facing good news, that Microsoft finally begins to take seriously the privacy of its users in Windows 10. Now, it will not be until the launch of Creators Update when we can see first hand how much they have reduced His controversial data collection. But the first step, to admit that there is a problem, seems to have just happened.