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Monday, 7 December 2015

Microsoft tracking in Windows 10

We at Quality Matters take information security very seriously so we were alarmed to be made aware that a data collecting system was being operated by Microsoft in Windows 10.

It is called “Diagnostics Tracking Service” and was introduced during the May 2015 windows update patch KB3022345.

The data being collected according to Microsoft:

Examples of data we collect include your name, email address, preferences and interests;  browsing, search and file history, phone call and SMS data; device configuration and sensor data; and application usage.

It is relatively simple to see if this is enabled in your system:

From the windows symbol on the bottom left of the screen right click and click run, type in services.msc and click enter.

Scroll down to Diagnostic Tracking Service, if this is enabled then you can stop and disable it by clicking on the element and then disabling it.  

Although Microsoft claim that this information will be used to allow developers to improve functionality, it would have been better if they had announced that this would be installed and given users the option of not installing it, rather than just including it as part of the routine update

We would not want our data to be accessed and we think that others will be of the same mind.

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