Microsoft releases new build for Windows 10 Insider Preview

Most of the telemetry data is in binary format separate documentation includes details about each field and entry.               Image credit Microsoft

Microsoft responded to those concerns previous year by revealing exactly what data Windows 10 collects, and now it's going further with its next update.

And when it arrives, via the Windows Store, privacy paranoid users will be presented with a menu that allows them to drill down into the device ID and class data that Windows 10 collects, and get a view of data relating to device connectivity, configuration, preferences and network information. It can only run apps in the Windows Store. Microsoft also said that some data includes details of your media consumption and file search activities, although it stressed this is "not intended" to directly capture user viewing habits.

In addition, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard will enable you to see and manage more data associated with your Microsoft account. These new privacy features include "Windows Diagnostic Data viewer" that allows you to see, search, and take action with your diagnostic data.

Ever since Microsoft made Windows 10 as a service (WaaS), the OS gained notoriety for collecting a lot of telemetry data. While telemetry collected can never be zero, Microsoft has been proactively including options for more transparency. The levels can be set by organizations or, in most cases, by end users. However, the company is promising to include access in the next major update to Windows 10, codenamed Redstone 4, which is due sometime in spring.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer app includes a switch to show data that will not be sent to Microsoft using the Basic setting.                Image credit Microsoft
The Diagnostic Data Viewer app includes a switch to show data that will not be sent to Microsoft using the Basic setting. Image credit Microsoft

An extensible and adaptable UI shell known as CShell is already being worked on by Microsoft to serve as the foundation for the user interface for not only Polaris but also Andromeda and Windows Core OS as a whole. It as well allows users to provide feedback on the viewer. Once the app is launched, users can drill down into the data by selecting a "diagnostic event" from the left column and browsing the list of data collected. Diagnostic information is sorted into different categories.

Microsoft has planned to release what is called a Diagnostic Data Viewer later this year. A notification is delivered when another user or the admin changes the level. Microsoft has changed the Windows Timeline feature to provide the option to delete all activities from the past hour or day and to default to only showing the past four days of activities from devices signed into your Microsoft account. Namely, it updated its Privacy Dashboard portal.

Yesterday, Microsoft also announced a series of other changes aimed at improving user privacy.

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