Privacy was a big deal during the launch of Windows 10, particularly with how much information the operating system was collecting about users. Microsoft is apparently listening to the complaints and is introducing a streamlined method for controlling Windows’ privacy settings; but it might not be enough to satisfy everyone.
This doesn’t actually change anything for those already using Windows 10, although they will be prompted to revisit the settings once the update is installed. From there, an all new options screen will appear. Settings are presented as toggles, and will explain how each of the affects the Windows experience once they are turned off.
Changes have also been made to data collection at the Basic level. Here, Windows will only collect user information necessary to keep Windows up-to-date and secure. What is of some concern is that this information still includes the capabilities of the device and what the user has installed on it.
These new privacy controls don’t change much for most users for the most part. Windows still enables all of them by default; which is what people will likely stick with without reading the fine print. In the event that all of these options are disabled, Microsoft will still be collecting the information that has people concerned.
That being said, it’s a step in the right direction. The current privacy controls in Windows 10 are plain awful and difficult to find. Then again, this change doesn’t quite address the real issues.
[Source: Windows Blog]