Windows 10 gets new diagnostic data app to 'increase your trust'

Marlene Weaver
January 26, 2018

With Microsoft recently admitting that Windows 10 Mobile is dead, fans of the mobile platform have had to deal with the sad fact that their devices will never see featured updates or big touches of Microsoft's new Fluent design system.

"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", said Windows and Device Group privacy officer Marisa Rogers.

Microsoft has released the Windows 10 Preview Build 17083 for insiders in the fast ring.

It shows the exact data details that are sent to Microsoft. Users will be able to view information on their devices and their configurations, including connected peripherals, settings and the network information pertaining to a given device.

Product and Service Performance data includes performance and reliability events and information about device health. Microsoft is careful to point out this does not capture the user's actual file usage and viewing habits.

The Diagnostic Data Viewer will also provide information about software setup and inventory such as installed apps and history.

Available to everyone in the Microsoft Store, the programme called "Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer" is separate from the Microsoft Privacy Dashboard and allows you to see, search, and take action with your diagnostic data. You can change the collected data as per your wish via privacy settings of your device or browser.

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"View and manage media consumption data, as well as product and service activity on the Activity History page". Researchers at the Dutch Data Protection Authority, who earlier found that Windows 10 violated Dutch privacy regulations, had complained back in October that Windows 10 didn't provide users access to the actual telemetry data sent back to Microsoft.

Though we have enough of concepts already, this new concept of Windows 10 Mobile focuses on the Fluent Design. Apparently, end users, or "standard users", will have control over the "Diagnostic Data levels" that get set.

A switch at the top of the Filters dialog box will allow you to see which diagnostic data will be dropped if you configure a Windows 10 PC to use the Basic Diagnostic Data setting instead of using the Full option under Settings Privacy Diagnostics and feedback.

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