Windows 10 privacy settings

Windows 10 launched with little of the fanfare seen in previous launches, but those who wanted it already knew when it was coming and were poised to start downloading it. One report said Microsoft hit a maximum bandwidth of 15 Tb/s, ahead of the previous record of Apple’s 8 Tb/s during their last OS push. By the end of July, it may have been installed on 67 million machines.

The default settings allow Microsoft to capture a lot of data on what you do. Their Privacy Statement includes ‘we will access, disclose and preserve personal data, including your content (such as the content of your emails, other private communications or files in private folders), when we have a good faith belief that doing so is necessary to…’. By changing settings, you can limit what is captured. The settings include:

  • Browser and protection
  • Connectivity and error reporting
  • Personalisation
  • Location
  • Advertising ID
  • Diagnostic and usage data
  • Cloud-based protection
  • Sample submission
  • Wi-Fi sense
  • Edge browser

You may want to turn off the new Cortana assistant as that collects your data. Some settings can be changed during installation, others need to be done afterwards. A guide has been created that goes into the details on what to change.