Windows 10 will soon let paranoid punters pry on Microsoft's data-slurping

Windows 10 Mobile concept

Today, Microsoft officially confirmed that the next public release of Windows 10 will include a Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer utility.

From there they can then use the Privacy Dashboard to tweak what data Redmond is collecting with a greater insight into the granularity of the information. It is made available for everyone in Microsoft Store, allowing them to "see, search and take action" with the diagnostic data in the cloud of the user's respective device. She pointed to this document for definitions about the telemetry data that get collected. In theory, it should confirm Microsoft's contention that telemetry data is used for product improvement and not for tracking its users' activity. First, users can now toggle off automatic hiding of scroll bars in UWP apps.

Now offered through an early access programme for Windows testers, the tool will be rolled out in the next Windows 10 update.

With Windows 10 Pro comes the abilities you don't have in Windows 10 S, such as the option of using a Web browser other than Microsoft Edge and downloading software from outside of the Microsoft Store. Upcoming changes in the "coming months" will allow Windows 10 users to view and manage data about the media they watch/listen to on their PC and add product and service activity to the Activity History page. Moreover, a standard user can also change the diagnostic data levels set by an administrator.

Andrew E. Freedman, Andrew joined Laptopmag.com in 2015, reviewing computers and keeping up with the latest news. The Viewer is separate from the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard. A notification is delivered when another user or the admin changes the level. Users can download this free tool without the need for a Microsoft account.

Windows 10 Mobile concept
Windows 10 Preview Build 17083 Brings Settings Changes, Windows Timeline

The new Diagnostic Data Viewer will display different types of diagnostic data collected by the OS. While the name of the update is still unknown, it is scheduled to be released in the spring of this year.

Apart from the above two new privacy tools, RS4 will possibly include a new "View User Dictionary" option under Speech, Inking & Typing that shows a list of new words that the user has saved to the dictionary.

Product and Service Usage data provides details about usage of the device, the operating system, and applications and services. However, the company is also saying that it will expand the capabilities of the new Dashboard to allow users to delete data that has already been collected.

In addition Microsoft updates Ease of Access page.

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