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Majority Of Windows Users Allowing Full Collection In Privacy Settings

By August 24, 2017May 22nd, 2021Technology News

Microsoft’s increased transparency in recent years is winning it high marks and added trust among the company’s massive user base, at least according to the recent report offered by Marisa Rogers. Rogers is the Privacy Officer for the company’s Windows and Devices group, who reports that fully 71 percent of users who have updated to the Windows 10 Creator Kit have opted to enable “Full” telemetry and diagnostic data collection during the process of upgrading their systems.

The issue of Microsoft’s data collection habits came to a head in the EU when an EU consumer privacy protection group was able to pass legislation demanding more transparency and user control over precisely what data was being collected on them.

Windows responded this year by giving users a new options screen that allows the user to select from either “Full” or “Basic” data collection settings, which would have been enough to satisfy the new requirement.

Then, the company took things several steps further, first by making the full details of what types of data would be collected at both levels. This is groundbreaking because never before in the company’s history has it revealed this information.

In addition to that, the company also rolled out a new web-based privacy dashboard, which has been visited more than twenty-three million times so far. Finally, the tech giant added new privacy controls for those participating in the Windows Insiders Program, and on the strength of these moves, taken together, announced that the company was fully compliant with the EU’s new rules and regulations.

Company insiders took the high adoption rate of “Full” data collection as a sign that the user base appreciated Microsoft’s extra efforts at transparency. Whether that’s true remains to be seen, but whatever the driving reason, a 71 percent adoption rate on full telemetry and diagnostic collection is an impressive achievement!

Jason Manteiga

Jason Manteiga

Jason J. Manteiga, Vice President of Olmec Systems, has been part of the company for over the past 20 years. He believes that having a great work environment and supportive team, is the ultimate key to success. Since being in the IT realm for over 25 years, Jason, along with Olmec Systems, has been on the Inc. 5000 “List of America’s Fastest Growing Private Companies” and Channel Futures MSP 501 “Top Managed Service Providers in North America,” along with other awards and nominations. Jason earned his Bachelor Degree in Information Systems from the New Jersey Institute of Technology. He also holds certifications in Microsoft MCSE, VMWare VCP, and Cisco CCNA. In his spare time, Jason is a contributor for The Center for Social & Legal Research (Privacy Exchange) and a member of the Morris County Chamber of Commerce. His hobbies include cycling and kayaking. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife, two daughters and son.

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