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Windows 10 snooping: Microsoft will harvest less data but still awaits nod from watchdog

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The new privacy settings menu when installing Windows 10. Image: Microsoft

Microsoft will reduce the amount of data Windows 10 collects on users in an attempt to address concerns that the OS violates user privacy.

Yesterday, Microsoft announced that users running Windows 10 Home and Pro editions will be able to dial back data collection further than is possible today, alongside moves to make it easier to tweak privacy settings in the OS.

The changes to Windows 10, expected to be made in April, follow a year in which the OS was accused of making users "choose between having privacy and security" by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and of violating French data-protection law by a state watchdog.

The lowest level to which users of Windows 10 Home and Pro editions can reduce data collection is 'Basic'.

Following the changes, this Basic option will only collect data "vital to the operation of Windows", according to Terry Myerson, who runs Microsoft's Windows and...(continued)

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