Microsoft this week unveiled a trio of steps it is taking to increase both transparency and control over the data it collects. In an April 30 blog post, Microsoft Corporate Vice President Julie Brill said that the company will now categorize the data it collects across all of its major products, while also bolstering its documentation to explain why it collects specific types of data (via OnMSFT).
In terms of categorization, Microsoft says it will now classify data it collects from devices as "required" or "optional." The required designation will be given to data Microsoft requires for features to work properly across its services. From Microsoft:
The optional category, meanwhile, will be used for data that isn't essential to the core experience of a service. Data collection included in the optional category can be disabled as customers see fit, depending on how they use a service.
Finally, the company has introduced a new report that it will publish twice a year, highlighting any new required data collection and types of data it no longer collects. Each report, the company says, will also include explanations of the changes it has made.
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