I am one of those people, who are pretty much always thinking about their privacy in the digital world, call me paranoid …
The greatest thing for me about Creators Update (officially: Feature Update to Windows 10, version 1703) is that now Microsoft reveals what data they are gathering from our computer use. Previously the information about the data being collected has been difficult to get.
Is all that data collected relevant for operating system and other software development? No, not in my opinion.
Microsoft has released this information on their Technet site (Windows 10 configuration index page):
There are two listings in the index (left side of the webpage)
- Basic level Windows diagnostic events and fields
- Windows 10, version 1703 diagnostic data
The listings are meant for IT professionals and a normal PC user can only comprehend a little portion what data is actually collected. I for sure didn’t and the list is loooong!
There are several apps for protecting your privacy, but the simplest way for at least for some privacy is to use bogus information for Windows 10 Live Account setup. Or use local account if you don’t need the connectivity between devices and/or cloud.
I am sure there are a lot of rants/opinions/facts about the Windows 10 Creators Update privacy settings in the internet, but here is one for you to enjoy/hate:
Barnacules mentions that the Creators Update resets for example the default web browser to Edge, but this didn’t happen with me when I upgraded to Creators Update (I live in the EU, maybe a US problem).
Have you had any problems with the Creators update? I haven’t noticed anything so far…
Are you concerned about your privacy with Windows 10 Creators Update and what have you done about it?