User privacy and data usage has been a major concern for both PC owners and companies for many years. Today, Microsoft announced a three-fold plan to enhance their transparency of the privacy of Windows 10 users. Their three major goals are to improve in-product information regarding user privacy, updating the Microsoft policy statement, and publish more information about the data they collect. The introduction of these changes will begin alongside the rollout of the Creators Update on April 11.
Their goals are fairly reasonable and it’s nice to see a concrete plan attached to them. By adding descriptions about each privacy setting and adding Learn More button to menus, they will greatly-increase the overall understanding of what data is collected.
The promise to update the privacy statement was a bit vague though. They stated that they will share more detail about the data they collect and use it to improve features, but didn’t go into great detail about what that data is for that bullet. They saved that for the final point, where they went into more depth. They stated that data for their use will only be collected at a Basic level – and then outlined exactly what that entailed.
At the basic level, it will just determine if crashes are more frequent on certain types of devices – like one with smaller amounts of RAM and focuses more on diagnostic issues being diagnosed properly than collecting personal information. They will also collect basic information about a user’s Xbox Live account if they is tied into their Windows 10 account and collect information on issues with the Windows 10 store if crashes or performance issues happen there.
It feels good to see a company re-asses what needs to be collected and what doesn’t in order to provide a high-quality experience for the user. They seem dedicated to making sure that just enough data is collected to gather a solid enough sample size to learn about common threads causing issues and then work to sew up those loose threads.
Time will tell if that winds up coming to fruition, but at least they have a solid outline in place to put customers at ease when it comes to their data being collected.
source: Windows Blog