Microsoft has been working hard to enhance user privacy on Windows 10 and had made significant changes to give users more control over their privacy and keep them better informed about the data that is being collected, and now the company has announced an update that’ll give consumers as well as commercial clients another privacy boost.
“We want you to have all the information about your privacy setting options readily available so that you can make an informed decision about your privacy and how your data is used,” Microsoft stated.
Feature-specific Privacy Statement
Users will now be able to access the privacy statement in full and for each feature separately during the setup process.
In addition to that, while setting up the new device, they can also jump to specific settings for location, speech recognition, tailored experiences, ads, and diagnostics.
Control App Permissions
Similar to how apps need to ask for permission on Android and iOS devices, Microsoft will now give users the power to enable or disable an app’s access to certain hardware and data on their PC.
Until now Windows 10 would prompt users to enable the device’s location to let an app like Maps access it but now this prompt feature is being expanded for other permissions as well. These include access to the camera, microphone, contacts, calendar and others.
These include access to the camera, microphone, contacts, calendar and others. Permission prompts will only be available to apps installed after the Fall Creators update is available.
“You will be prompted to provide permission before an app can access key device capabilities or information such as your camera, microphone, contacts, and calendar, among others. This way you can choose which apps can access information from specific features on your device,” Microsoft stated.
These changes will be rolled out for those enrolled in the Windows Insiders program in the coming weeks before the update is rolled out to the public in October.