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Microsoft's Windows 10 violating users' privacy, claims Dutch privacy watchdog

Microsoft breaches the Dutch data protection law by violating the privacy of Windows 10 users.

Likewise, Microsoft says it will work with the agency to come with a solution, though Redmond also took issue with some of the DPA's findings.

Build 16299.19 (KB4043961) is now rolling out to Windows Insiders running Build 16299.15 (the Fall Creators Update RTM), and offers a number of quality improvements. Authorities in Germany, Switzerland, and France have all at one time or another expressed concern over Windows 10's collection of data - which ranges from lists of installed apps and hardware to potentially copies of personal documents that cause programs to crash. This was despite changes in the earlier Creators Update. "That results in an intrusive profile of yourself", said Wilbert Tomesen, vice-chairman of the Dutch DPA.

Apparently, Microsoft has not revealed the fact that personal data regarding web surfing information is continuously being collected from Edge users, when the default settings are in place.

UPDATE - Microsoft confirmed the issue has now been fixed and only a small number of users were affected. Indeed, the company just pushed out Windows 10 Cumulative Update Build 16299.19 to all Windows Insiders who are still running build 16299.15 on their PCs (Slow Ring and Release Preview Insiders, to be clear). Second, the Learn More page on the privacy settings screen will allow users to go to specific settings for location, speech recognition, diagnostics, tailored experiences, and ads while they choose your privacy settings.

For enterprise customers, Microsoft is introducing a new setting that limits diagnostic data to the minimum required for Windows Analytics.



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