New tool lets you check how much personal data Windows 10 collects


Microsoft has produced an extremely useful new tool called Diagnostic Data Viewer designed to show users how much information Windows 10 has collected on them.

Microsoft claims that the app is to let users know exactly what information is being sent back to their Redmond headquarters.

It is perhaps not surprising that Microsoft has made such a move after the controversy that was caused by the amount of data that that was being collected from Windows 10.

Other users complained about telemetric data collection that couldn’t be halted. Since then Microsoft has rolled out a number of features focusing on transparency and Diagnostics Data Viewer is just the latest.

The Diagnostics Data Viewer can be enabled by going opening the Settings app > Privacy > Diagnostics & feedback > enable the option Diagnostic Data Viewer.

You will then be sent to the Microsoft Store where you will need to download the app.

Once installed users will find information such as your PC’s device name, OS version, and serial number. Other information includes installed apps, preference settings, and statistics about each application’s usage, are also beamed back to Microsoft.

Following the launch of the new app, Windows and Device Group Privacy Officer Marisa Rogers said in a blog post: “Our commitment is to be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data.

“This is all part of our commitment to increase your trust and confidence in our products and services.”

The feature is said to be completely separate from Windows’ Privacy Dashboard that can be found on all the latest versions of Windows 10.

The news follows on from Microsoft’s announcement that they are ending a special offer that enabled users who require assistive technologies to get hold of a copy of Windows 10 for free.

Microsoft said, “If you use assistive technologies, you can upgrade to Windows 10 at no cost as Microsoft continues our efforts to improve the Windows 10 experience for people who use these technologies.”


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