Microsoft is rolling out since yesterday the big Windows 10 Creators Edition, and with it the first time that they detail the Windows 10 privacy settings.
Back in January Microsoft indicated it would eliminate the “Enhanced” telemetry reporting option with the rollout of the creators update. The Enhanced option previously was the “default” setting for the Windows 10 Enterprise and Education editions, but it’ll be gone with the creators update. Consequently, Windows 10 users who used the Enhanced option will have to specify their privacy choices again when the creators update arrives.
The basic level now sends about 50 percent less data back to Microsoft, largely because the company learned that it didn’t need quite as much data as it previously collected to get the diagnostics data it needed.
Also they say that all of the collected data isn’t personal and they have no way to relate it to the individual person, but i think that they are not telling all the story, since Windows 10 users are forced to create an online windows account, it’s possible to create an local account but you have to try hard to do it, but with the online account the collected data is obliviously related to you and your account! Don’t you think so?
It was promised by Microsoft that for the Windows 10 enterprise users they will give more information and control about privacy. It’s also expected in the near future that Microsoft talk about Windows 10’s compliance with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation, which is a set of new rules on electronic communications and personal data protections for EU member countries. The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation specifies privacy regulation on metadata, cookies and spam, but it’s still one year away, with adoption planned for May 25, 2018.
Microsoft says that they are getting more transparent with the users, and really is a step in the right direction, but still there isn’t an option to choose that says none.