Microsoft introduces new privacy tools ahead of Data Privacy Day


In a world that’s constantly evolving with new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and smart devices, our commitment to deliver on our Privacy Principles and work with you to evolve the Windows privacy experience doesn’t change.

To kick off the new year ahead of Data Privacy Day we are giving our Windows Insiders an early preview of the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer coming in our next release of Windows. Our commitment is to be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data. This is all part of our commitment to increase your trust and confidence in our products and services.

In addition, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard will enable you to see and manage more data associated with your Microsoft account. These changes are part of the greater enhancements we are rolling out now, and in the coming months.

Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer:

The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer provides even greater transparency to all the diagnostic data received from your Windows device. Available to everyone in the Microsoft Store, the Diagnostic Data Viewer is separate from the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard and allows you to see, search, and take action with your diagnostic data.

You are able to see and search all Windows diagnostic data that’s in the cloud related to your specific device. The diagnostic data presented in the menu includes;
o    Common Data, like the Operating System’s name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on.
o    Device Connectivity and Configuration such as device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information.
o    Product and Service Performance data that show device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries.
It’s important to note that this functionality is not intended to capture user viewing or, listening habits.
o    Product and Service Usage data includes details about the uage of the device, operating system, appliatons and services.
o    Software Setup and Inventory such as installed applications and install history, device update information.

 The Diagnostic Data Viewer shows the exact details sent to Microsoft

The Diagnostic Data Viewer provides you with the features such as view, search and filter of your diagnostic data, as well as the ability to provide feedback about the viewer.

The apps Menu button opens the detailed menu. In here, you'll find a list of diagnostic event categories, which define how the events are used by Microsoft. Selecting a check box lets you filter between the diagnostic event categories. More details about these categories can be found here.

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