Windows 10 Privacy Settings, Part Two

In the previous section, we looked at some privacy settings. The screen we were on was this one:

The Location settings in Windows 10

The Camera and Microphone pages in the image above (on the left) can be switched off entirely, or you can specify that only certain apps use them. Again, you do this with toggle switches. For example, you may want the Camera and Microphone on for programs like Skype but not for, say, Excel.

Speech, inking & typing may be on by default. If so, you'll see a screen like this one:

Speech, inking & typing settings in Windows 10

If the grey button at the top says "Stop getting to know me" then Microsoft may be collecting data about you whenever you use the Speech option for the Cortana search engine, or type something into the search box. It's only doing this to improve its results, though, and not for some nefarious purpose. However, clicking the grey button will prevent the data being sent. The button will then say "Get to know me":

The Get To Know Me setting

Account Info, Contacts, Calendar, Call History, Email, Messaging, Radios. These options all have a single toggle switch that let apps have access to your data. Click each of these in turn to see if you'll use them or not. You can switch these settings off entirely, or just select which apps can have access to your data. For example, it makes sense to restrict which apps can have access to your contacts. After all, you may be OK with Twitter accessing the people on your contact list but you may not want some generic PDF reader to do so.

Click on the Feedback & Diagnostics section to see these two options:

Feedback & Diagnostics settings in Windows 10

The first one is Feedback Frequency. The feedback it's talking about are those options you see asking you to rate a particular service. It will then say "Share your feedback with Microsoft". To see what options you have, click the dropdown list:

Feedback Frequency options

So if you never want to give any feedback to Microsoft, select the Never option.

The second section is Diagnostic and Usage Data. If you want to send very little back to Microsoft, click the dropdown list and select Basic instead of the Full in the image below:

Sadly, you can't set this to None.

Notification Privacy Settings

Notifications are little messages from the apps you have installed. If you have Twitter installed as an app, for example, you might see a notification that you have a new follower. These notifications appear on the right-hand side of your desktop screen:

The Notification icon in Windows 10

If you click or tap the Notification icon in the taskbar, you'll see a sidebar appear:

The Action Centre in Windows 10

If you don't want any apps to access Notifications then you can switch it off by clicking the toggle "Let apps access my notifications" switch to OFF:

Switching off Notifications in Windows 10

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