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Microsoft Addresses Privacy Concerns on Latest Windows 10 Creators Update

By | Jan 11, 2017 11:31 AM EST
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Tech giant Microsoft addressed some of the most pressing concerns regarding privacy on its recently released Windows 10 Creators Update. This latest move is Microsoft's response to a criticism from Electronic Frontier Foundation claiming that the company is sending huge amount of data back to its servers.

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With the latest update, Microsoft is planning to simplify the collection of diagnostic data when users need help fixing their systems. By adopting this policy, Microsoft hopes that it will somehow clear some notions regarding what telemetry data are being sent back to the company's servers.

In a blog post, Microsoft Chief Terry Myerson said, "We've further reduced the data collected at Basic level. This includes data that is vital to the operation of Windows."

Microsoft said that it will enforce a new privacy options setup process. According to The Verge, this new process will offer users a much clearer option of disabling certain privacy features like speech recognition, location, diagnostics, relevant ads, and recommendations. The new option will also allow users to send only the basic data needed in order to fix a certain error.

Along with this new privacy protocol, Microsoft will also introduce a new web-based privacy dashboard. The new dashboard is design in such a way that Microsoft Account users can easily access any activity data including search, browsing, location, and Cortana data in a single view.

The new dashboard also allows users to easily clear user-related information like location data, search history, and browsing history. Microsoft said that it plans to add more functions and features into the dashboard soon.

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