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January 25th, 2018:

Windows 10 preview — Privacy Telemetry monitoring application

Windows 10 is debuting in Redstone 17083, a new Privacy Telemetry Monitoring application that can be set to 4 levels of capture.

https://redmondmag.com/articles/2018/01/24/windows-10-telemetry-info.aspx

Microsoft is previewing an additional way to understand the kind of privacy-related information that gets transmitted in its latest Windows 10 test-build release.

Windows 10 build 17083, said to be released on Wednesday to “fast ring” Windows Insider Program testers, includes a new Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer application. The application, which needs to be enabled from the Settings menu in Windows 10 build 17083 or installed from the Windows Store, is designed to show “the diagnostic data your device is sending to Microsoft.”

The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer application was highlighted in an announcement Wednesday by Marisa Rogers, Microsoft’s privacy officer for the Windows and Devices Group, as part of Microsoft’s commitment “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.” She pointed to this document for definitions about the telemetry data that get collected. The document describes the “Full” telemetry data collection option in Windows 10.

Microsoft’s telemetry information collection is categorized at four levels. The levels can be set by organizations or, in most cases, by end users. The categories include Full, Basic, Enhanced (which was retracted with the Windows 10 “Creators Update” release) and Security. The Security telemetry option is seldom mentioned by Microsoft, but it’s only available with Enterprise and Education editions of Windows 10 and isn’t recommended for organizations that use the Windows Update service, accord to this Microsoft document description.