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Monday, 25 April 2016

Microsoft and data gathering

Some time ago we advised our readers that the Microsoft diagnostic tracking element was running and how you could disable it. It stated:

"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."

Quite a lot of users concerned about privacy disabled this element in the registry.  We all thought it had disappeared in recent Windows 10 builds – but it hadn’t. Microsoft had simply renamed it and turned it on by default.  Now it is called “Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service”

Once again, it needs to be disabled manually.

  1. Right click the windows button and type run enter
  2. Type services.msc 
  3. Scroll down to Connected User Experiences and Telemetry Service 
  4. Right click and Select Properties 
  5. Select Disable

If Microsoft are going to make updates available and each time re-enable this data slurping device we all need to be vigilant.

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