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Microsoft working to increase transparency into data collection

02 May 2019 3

Tech giant Microsoft is taking some vital steps to empower its users to have better control over the data it collects. The company explained details about this aim on April 30th blog post where it goes on and explains how Microsoft will be categorizing the data it collects from all of its products and would also document all the data it collects to explain it better.


Another interesting aspect of this update from the company is that it would be grouping the data it collects into two categories like ‘required’ and ‘optional’ where required data is the one that has an important role in how the services and products work.

The company talks about it as below

“Required data includes things like the terms of a search query so we can return relevant search results, the IP address, type, and version of your device so that we can provide connectivity to our cloud services and security patches that keep your experience safe and secure, and diagnostic data so that we can detect significant feature failures.”

Likewise, Microsoft would also be rolling out new reports every year to highlight any new data collection points it introduces or any data type that it doesn’t capture data for.


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