Are YOU happy Windows 10 collects data on almost EVERYTHING you do?

Windows 10 siphons a huge amount of data on users to improve the operating system

Microsoft says 70 per cent of users are happy with the data collection in Windows 10.

That’s surprisingly high, especially given the controversy that has rocked the operating system in the past over the amount of telemetry data is collected by the software.

In response to the kickback over telemetry data collection, Microsoft simplified its settings menu, making it easier to switch off some data collection.

Head of Windows and Devices Group Privacy Office, Marisa Rogers said: “The feedback we’ve received about the Creators Update has been positive.

“This is great news to us because what we hear from you directly impacts the improvements we make.”

According to the latest statistics from Rogers, some 71 per cent of Windows 10 users settle with the default data collection option – enabling the operating system to siphon a slew of diagnostics data and send it back to Redmond.

That’s a serious amount of data for Microsoft to parse and use to improve its software.

However, the latest figures from Microsoft also reveal that 29 per cent of Windows 10’s 500 million customers have decided to change the default policy on data collection.

That works out at around 145 million people who have actively tried to limit how much telemetry data Windows 10 collects on them.

Microsoft has rolled-out a number of changes to give users greater control of their data over the last year.

Windows 10 Creators Update introduced toggles for each of its major diagnostic data collection categories.

The Redmond-based company also added a short description of the purpose of the setting, explaining how the data set is used and how it will benefit the user.

For example, when requesting access to your location data, Microsoft points out that sharing this will be necessary to “get location-based experiences like local weather and directions to your favourite places.

“Let Windows & apps request your location, and send Microsoft location data to help improve location services.”

This simple panel can be accessed from the Windows Settings menu at any time – enabling Windows 10 users to change their stance on data collection at any time.

Windows 10 Creators Update also allows PC owners to delete Cortana voice data for the first time.

Marisa Rogers, Head of Windows and Devices Group Privacy Office, said: “We are committed to helping ensure you have access to even more information and can review and delete data we collect via the Microsoft privacy dashboard.

“This month, we will bring voice data to this dashboard, so you can review the data we have which improves Cortana’s ability to naturally respond to your requests as your personal digital assistant.”

Microsoft clearly hopes this increased transparency around what data is being collected – and how that anonymised data is used – will encourage users to continue to share.

Speaking with, Windows and Devices Group Privacy Officer Marisa Rogers said that this data was “the life-blood” for future operating system updates.

“Windows is a service – and the way that that service works is very much based on user feedback,” she told us.

“That feedback comes in both through the verbatims that we collect, as well as the learnings that we do through the diagnostics. (sic)

“And so, in order to really understand all of the ecosystem of devices running Windows 10, that diagnostic data really is the life-blood for us to understand what’s working and what’s not working in that ecosystem, so that we can address problems early before they really cause disruption to the user experience.”

The changes in Windows 10 Creators Update followed a number of controversies, including a viral thread on Reddit which saw users desperately trying to disable the keylogger baked into the operating system.

Microsoft says the feature tracks “your typing and handwriting info to improve typing and writing services”.

The issue was first unearthed when Windows 10 launched two years ago – but has been brought back into the limelight on Reddit.

Users took to the social media sit to try and work out how to disable the feature.

One Reddit forum user claimed that the feature switched itself back on – after he finally managed to disable it.

The Redditor wrote: “They change all these settings back every time there’s a major Windows update.”

“Can confirm. I also turned everything off at install, and this setting was on just now,” another added.

Microsoft says 71 per cent of Windows 10 users are happy with the current data collection policyMICROSOFT

Microsoft says 71 per cent of Windows 10 users are happy with the current data collection policy

While one user wrote: “If you care about your freedom, it is worth sacrificing a few games to switch to Linux.”

To disable the feature you first need to click Start, and then select Settings.

You then have to choose Privacy and then select General.

To turn the feature off you then have to turn off Send Microsoft Info About How I Write To Help Us Improve Typing And Writing In The Future.