Windows 10 Creators Update adds better privacy settings control

Microsoft now makes it easier for users to stop Windows 10 from collecting certain data with the Creators Update.

Windows 10 Creators Update privacy settings

The Creators Update for Windows 10 makes it easier to choose the privacy and diagnostic data collection settings.

When it comes the time to do an in-place upgrade to the new version of the operating system, a new privacy panel will appear to let you quickly disable features, such as location, speech recognition, telemetry data, and relevant ads.

The new experience looks identically to the new privacy settings panel you’ll see during the new out-of-box-experience (OOBE), and it’s easier to understand.

How the new privacy experience works on Windows 10

When your PC is ready for the Creators update, you’ll get a screen when you sign in, unlock, or return from idle.

You can always click the Remind me later to defer the experience. If you do, you’ll be able to see the screen again at any time from Action Center.

If you’re ready, you can click the Review settings button to see the available features with a toggle switch to turn them on/off, and each item has a description letting you know how the change will affect your Windows 10 experience after the update.

Windows 10 new privacy settings
Windows 10 new privacy settings

After you’ve completed reviewing your settings, click the Save button, and click the OK button to confirm. Your choices will apply when you install a new feature update, such as the Creators Update.

The new changes aim to make it clearer what data Microsoft collects when you use the operating system, as the company has been getting a lot of complaints about the privacy settings since the initial rollout of Windows 10.

Source Microsoft

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