71% of Windows 10 users share all of their diagnostics data with Microsoft

Brad Stephenson

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In a recent blog post, Microsoft’s Marisa Rogers discussed the recent changes to made to privacy settings within Windows 10 and revealed that 71% of users with the Windows 10 Creators Update installed on their devices opt-in to send Microsoft their full diagnosis data (which is then used to help the company make improvements and gauge what users like and dislike).

“71 percent of customers are selecting Full diagnostics data to help us fix things and improve Microsoft products.  While your direct feedback like, “The privacy settings added to clean installs are a boon for the privacy minded,” and “Very well done,” is great to hear, we know there is still work to do to meet and anticipate the expectations across our diverse customer base and provide you with the best privacy experience possible,” Rogers explained. “We’ve also seen a positive reception to the web-based privacy dashboard which allows you to see and control your activity data across multiple Microsoft services. Announced back in January, the privacy dashboard has been visited by more than 23 million people on accounts.microsoft.com.”

Some Windows 10 users are weary of sharing device usage data with Microsoft but the company does appear to be making efforts to educate users on what data is actually used and how they’re aiming to respect the privacy of the individual. “We are also ensuring Windows 10 is compliant with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that goes into effect in 2018,” Rogers states in her blog post. “Fundamentally, the GDPR is about protecting and respecting an individual’s privacy rights and Microsoft’s enduring commitment to trust is well aligned through the privacy principles that shape the way we build our products and services.”

Windows 10 users can customize their feedback settings by going to Settings > Privacy > Feedback & diagnostics.