Microsoft introduces new privacy tools ahead of Data Privacy Day

To kick off the new year ahead of Data Privacy Day, Microsoft’s is giving their Windows Insiders an early preview of the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer coming in their next release of Windows.

In a world that’s constantly evolving with new technologies like Artificial Intelligence and smart devices, commitment to deliver on Microsoft’s Privacy Principles and work with the customers to evolve the Windows privacy experience doesn’t change.

To kick off the new year ahead of Data Privacy Day, Microsoft’s is giving their Windows Insiders an early preview of the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer coming in their next release of Windows. Their commitment is to be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide the users with increased control over that data. This is all part of Microsoft’s commitment to increase trust and confidence in their products and services.

In addition, the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard will enable users to see and manage more data associated with the Microsoft account. These changes are part of the greater enhancements which m Microsoft is rolling out now and in the coming months.


The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer provides even greater transparency to all the diagnostic data received from the Windows devices. Available to everyone in the Microsoft Store, the Diagnostic Data Viewer is separate from the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard and allows users to see, search, and take action with their diagnostic data.

Users can see and search all Windows diagnostic data that’s in the cloud related to their specific device. The diagnostic data presented in the menu includes;

  • Common Data, like the Operating System’s name, the Version, Device ID, Device Class, Diagnostic level selection and so on.
  • Device Connectivity and Configuration such as 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.

It’s important to note that this functionality is not intended to capture user viewing or, listening habits.

  • Product and Service Usage data includes details about the usage of the device, operating system, applications, and services.
  • Software Setup and Inventory such as installed applications and install history, device update information.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer provides the customers with the features such as view, search and filter of their diagnostic data, as well as the ability to provide feedback about the viewer.


Microsoft has updated the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard with a new Activity History page which provides a clear and easy to navigate the way to see the data that is saved in user’s Microsoft account. The Microsoft Privacy Dashboard allows the user to manage data and change what data is collected by adjusting the privacy settings on his device or browser at any time.

And in the coming months, Microsoft’s will also bring additional features that will allow users to;

  • View and manage media consumption data, as well as product and service activity on the Activity History page,
  • Export for any of the data users see on the dashboard
  • Delete specific items to allow for greater individual control

Participants in the Windows Insider Program will have the first opportunity to explore all of these new features. They’ll also get an early look at some additional changes in functionality and settings in the coming weeks, and Microsoft is looking forward to their feedback. User’s data privacy will continue to be a priority towards making Windows 10 the best and most secure experience.


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