You Can Know What Diagnostic Data Windows 10 Uploads To Microsoft Servers

Jan 26, 2018, 01:51
You Can Know What Diagnostic Data Windows 10 Uploads To Microsoft Servers

Today, Microsoft officially confirmed that the next public release of Windows 10 will include a Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer utility.

Rogers wrote, "Your data privacy will continue to be a priority towards making Windows 10 the best and most secure experience". "To kick off the new year ahead of Data Privacy Day we are giving our Windows Insiders an early preview of the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer coming in our next release of Windows", said Microsoft.

As Marisa Rogers, Microsoft's privacy officer for its Windows and Devices Group, told me, the idea here is to give users the option to see "that next layer of transparency from Microsoft" and allow them to verify that the company is doing what its documentation says. Windows Core OS and CShell aim to provide the same look, feel and features for all users. The app separates diagnostic data into categories based on the way Microsoft uses the information.

Device properties and capabilities, preferences and settings, peripherals, and device network information.

Product and Service Performance data that show device health, performance and reliability data, movie consumption functionality on the device and device file queries. This does not record the viewing or listening habits of the users.

Common Data, like the Operating System's name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on.

The application is dubbed Diagnostic Data Viewer, and is free from the Windows Store. This won't mean you can easily read through the data as it will be presented in a JSON format with little detail as to what the various attributes mean. It did add that through the now available Privacy Dashboard, the company will offer users an ability to "delete specific items to allow for greater individual control" in the future. Once the app is launched, users can drill down into the data by selecting a "diagnostic event" from the left column and browsing the list of data collected.

There is some usage data collected, specifically pertaining to the apps and services you use, but not actual content. Windows may also get data about which applications you install and your device update history.

The viewer is accessible by navigating to Settings Privacy Diagnostics & feedback.

Unlike other Surface devices, Surface Laptop comes pre-installed with Windows 10 S OS, a specific configuration of Windows 10 Pro that's streamlined for security and performance.

Participants in the Windows Insider Program will have the first opportunity to explore all of these new features.