Windows 10 has been criticized by some users over its privacy features since the OS launched on July 29. Now Terry Myerson, the head of Microsoft's Windows and Devices division, has written a blog post explaining the company's privacy policies for Windows 10, along with announcing that the company does plan to make some changes in the operating system's privacy settings based on feedback from users.
On those upcoming changes, Myerson wrote:
Myerson stated that Microsoft has two basic themes it follows with regards to privacy on Windows 10:
- Windows 10 collects information so the product will work better for you.
- You are in control with the ability to determine what information is collected.
He added that the information that is collected includes things like "anonymous device ID, device type, and application crash data" but does not collect information about a Windows 10 user's content or files. He also wrote that it has "several steps to avoid collecting any information" that has personal data like names, email address and account IDs. He stated:
Users can, if they wish, offer more personalized information to Microsoft via Windows 10 that allows them to see things like local game scores, recommend apps and more. Myerson said:
Finally, Myerson stated that Windows 10 won't scan the content of any emails or messages to offer targeted advertising. Additionally, the company is offering new guides to users explaining their policies in a more clear and consistent manner. You can find those sources below:
What do you think of Microsfot's blog post? Are they doing enough to satisfy user concerns over data collection? What more could they do? Let us know.
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