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Leigh Mccormick
January 26, 2018

This is a Windows 10 tool that allows users to see exactly what data telemetry Windows 10 uploads to Microsoft's servers.

Some time towards the end of March or the beginning of April Windows 10 will be getting another major update and one of the components will allow you to read through all the information which your computer has collected about your usage.

The new Microsoft privacy tools entail an early preview for the Windows Insiders to check out the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer ahead of its release in the next Windows update.

Microsoft 's Marisa Rogers, Windows and Devices Group Privacy Officer, "Our commitment is to be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data".

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I haven't been able to use the tool yet, but a pair of screenshots Microsoft released confirm that most of this data is meant to give Microsoft details about the type of hardware and apps in use by the 600 million-plus Windows 10 devices.

Windows 10 Preview Build 17083 Brings Settings Changes, Windows Timeline

"Trust and confidence" Some of the data Microsoft collects includes details about accessories connected to your PC, a list of installed applications and their update history, device reliability metrics and statistics on the services and apps you use the most.

Common data (diagnostic header information) includes the operating system version device class, and a unique device ID.

As this screenshot shows, the viewer might be easy to navigate, but the data itself is typically binary.

READ NEXT:Microsoft says Cortana will become "ubiquitous digital assistant" The launch of the Diagnostic Data Viewer appears to be a step forward for Microsoft's approach to privacy. Moreover, a standard user can also change the diagnostic data levels set by an administrator. Diagnostic information is sorted into different categories. Microsoft has changed the Windows Timeline feature to provide the option to delete all activities from the past hour or day and to default to only showing the past four days of activities from devices signed into your Microsoft account.

So far, at least, Microsoft has not acceded to a separate demand from some privacy advocates that it provide an on-off switch for telemetry data collection on retail editions of Windows 10. The new Diagnostic Data Viewer is certainly a step forward, and it will be coming to all Windows 10 users sometime in March or April when the company releases Windows 10 Redstone 4.

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