The world of technology is constantly evolving and we have seen the development of Artificial Intelligence and smart devices. Now, we see Microsoft unveiling its new Privacy Principles, and evolving the Windows privacy experience.
“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 to this, the company’s Privacy Dashboard will enable you to see and manage more data that is associated with your Microsoft account.
The company states,
“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 a greater transparency to all the Diagnostic data received from your Windows devices. It is now available to everyone in the Microsoft Store, and the Diagnostic Data Viewer is completely separate from the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard, allowing you to see, search and take action with your diagnostic data.
You will now be able to see and also search all Windows diagnostic data that is available in the cloud that is related to your device.
The diagnostic data presented in the menu includes the following as per the official blog;
- Common Data, like the Operating System’s name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on.
- Device Connectivity and Configuration such as device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information.
- 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.
- Product and Service Usage data includes details about the usage of the device, operating system, applications, and services.
- Software Setup and Inventory such as installed applications and install history, device update information.
The Diagnostic Data Viewer now provides you with features such as view, search and filter of your diagnostic data, along with the ability to provide feedback about the viewer.
The apps menu button will go on to open the detailed menu. Here, you’ll find a list of diagnostic event categories that will define how the events are being used by Microsoft. Selecting a checkbox allows you to filter between the diagnostic event categories.
Microsoft Privacy Dashboard
Microsoft has gone on to update the Privacy Dashboard with a new Activity History page, which would go on to provide a clear and easy to navigate way so as to view the data that is being saved with the users Microsoft account.
The Microsoft Privacy Dashboard allows you to manage your data and change the data that is being collected by adjusting the privacy settings on your browser or your device.
The following features will be updated in the coming months:
- View and manage media consumption data, as well as product and service activity on the Activity History page
- Export for any of the data you see on the dashboard
- Delete specific items to allow for greater individual control
- Microsoft informed that it is the Windows Insider Program
Microsoft invites all Windows Insider stating on its official website,
“Participants in the Windows Insider Program will have the first opportunity to explore all of these new features. They’ll also get an early look at some additional changes in functionality and settings in the coming weeks, and we’re looking forward to their feedback.”