It’s one of those pesky things you can’t really get around in the modern, always-connected world: companies collect data about you. Facebook and Google use your habits and likes to sell ads. Amazon and Netflix use it to determine what items and media show up when you sign on.
As for Microsoft, it says it gathers data on its customers to improve the Windows user experience. To be more transparent about data collection, Windows 10 will soon come with a feature that lets you see what data Microsoft is socking away based on your habits and purchases. The feature arrives in the coming weeks for Windows Insiders, and will hit the general population once the kinks are worked out.
According to the Windows Blog, the collected data 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.