Windows 10: Latest preview builds hint at new privacy tools
For years, privacy advocates have been pushing Microsoft to offer more transparency over the telemetry data it collects in Windows 10. The latest Insider Preview builds suggest that new tools to manage this data are in the works.
Both commands are simply placeholders in current builds, but the names appear to give away their function. One is a Diagnostic data viewer, apparently intended to offer greater transparency over so-called telemetry data collection. The other offers the ability to delete diagnostic data.
In addition to those not-yet-active commands, the new preview releases include one new capability that is operative. The Speech, Inking, & Typing tab under Settings > Privacy now includes a View User Dictionary command that displays a list of saved data. On a test system, this list included mostly proper names, in keeping with Microsoft's disclosure that it logs input to improve the accuracy of auto-recognition features.
Some other subtle changes in build 17074 are worth noting. In current releases of Windows 10, the Feedback & diagnostics section is buried at the bottom of a long list. In the latest Insider preview builds, that category's name changes to Diagnostics & feedback, and it moves to a much more prominent position at the top of the list.
I've reached out to Microsoft with a request to comment on these changes.