In less than a week, Microsoft will launch the free Windows 10 Creators Update to all users of the OS. Today, the company revealed some new privacy tools it is putting into Windows 10 with the update, which will start rolling out on Tuesday, April 11. It also announced it will publish more information on the data Microsoft collects with Windows 10 devices.
Many Windows 10 users have expressed concerns that Microsoft might be collecting a lot of personal data on PCs that have Windows 10 installed. In a blog post, Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft’s Windows division, stated that Windows 10 users will be able to pick from the Basic or Full level of collected data in the settings of the OS. The Basic level, which is described in more detail on Microsoft’s TechNet site, is only supposed to collect just enough of a PC’s data to keep Windows 10 secure.
However, users can choose to switch to the Full level of data collection, which in addition to security data will also send information back to Microsoft in order to provide users with “more personalized experiences”. That sounds like Microsoft could show things like recommendations for apps to download or services it offers in addition to the basic Windows 10 features.
The Windows 10 Creators Update will also include short descriptions about each privacy setting that’s included in the OS, along with a “Learn More” button that offers more detailed information on each of those settings. In addition, the overall Microsoft privacy statement is being updated to add more information about these privacy changes in Windows 10, along with the data that Microsoft collects from users.
Finally, Myerson stated that Microsoft has been working to reduce the number of events collected by the company from Windows 10 users at the Basic level. He says that the volume of data has been cut down by about half at that level. Hopefully, these changes and improvements will help keep Windows 10 secure, while also protecting the privacy of each of its users.