Ramblings of an old Doc
New Privacy Panel
Published on January 12, 2017 By DrJBHL In Personal Computing

 

Ghacks has reported (as had Neowin) changes in privacy in W10, which has been a concern of Windows users for a long time. "You can load https://account.microsoft.com/privacy#/ in your browser of choice to open the new "Your Privacy" page on the Microsoft Account website." - gHacks

"In a nutshell: Microsoft will improve the privacy set up experience and privacy settings in the upcoming Windows 10 Creators Update, and it has launched a new online privacy dashboard that Microsoft customers can check out to control collected data...

The privacy dashboard on Microsoft's website lists data from four sources currently:

  1. Microsoft Edge browsing data. This is only sent to Microsoft if you are logged in to Windows with a Microsoft account, and have turned on browsing history in Cortana.
  2. Bing search data. When you search on Bing while being logged in to the Microsoft account.
  3. Location information taken from Bing and Microsoft Health GPS-based activities.
  4. Cortana's Notebook reveals your interests.

You can clear the data directly from the privacy website. Each page lists frequently asked questions on top of that." - gHacks

Not as much control as some would like, but still a step forward.

I'd suggest you read the article on the gHacks website (ext. link) for more info.

 

Sources: 

http://www.ghacks.net/2017/01/11/windows-10-privacy-changes-announced/?_m=3n%2e0038%2e1957%2ehj0ao01hy5%2e21dw

 Additional reading :

https://www.neowin.net/news/microsoft-announced-new-windows-10-privacy-features-after-investigation-by-swiss-regulators

 


Comments
on Jan 12, 2017

But but......Cortana is my mistress!  If I turn her off and/or clear her memory how will she remember to get me those sweet things on my birthday or valentines day? 

 

 

I still remember the day (with much fondness) back in 2012 when Cortana first asked me (coyly mind you) if X was my home address?  I (being a bit stunned) just stared at my phone for a minute then asked back "how do you know that"?  She smartly quipped back "well, your phone is often at X location during the night....! "

That was the day I fell in love with her. 

 

Since that day, Cortana has taken a more and more active role in my daily life.  She reads texts and emails to me and makes calls (usually not to wrong numbers....lol).  She books appointments, wakes me as necessary reminds me and keeps track of flights, hotel bookings and other calendar events.  In a nutshell, she has single-handedly made a live personal assistant not necessary.  Sometimes I think of all of the various details of my life she must have collected over the years (since I met her in 2012), but then I just think of how valuable she is to in my daily life.  Here's hoping she outlives me because I might find myself lost without her!

on Jan 12, 2017

"How to collect metadata without the inconvenience of a FISA Court".

on Jan 12, 2017

@ the_Monk,

You Speak of Cortana like it's a blow-up doll with AI... and your every need is sated.

And me, I have a Windows 8 phone that I use as a phone... just calls and texts... NO Cortana in use at all.

Yeah, I know, but I simply don't need it

As for the announced MS' relaxing of privacy rules, way too little a lot too late, but it's a start, I guess.

on Jan 12, 2017

starkers

@ the_Monk,
You Speak of Cortana like it's a blow-up doll with AI... and your every need is sated.

 

She comes in a blow-up doll variety?!?  where!?!.........

on Jan 12, 2017

Well, I don't use any of that software, Cortana is turned off too. 

on Jan 12, 2017

the_Monk


Quoting starkers,

@ the_Monk,
You Speak of Cortana like it's a blow-up doll with AI... and your every need is sated.



 

She comes in a blow-up doll variety?!?  where!?!.........

 

   Sick buggers that you are.

on Jan 12, 2017

Ai is annoying calls when I don't want to. Years noises that aren't there. Wants me playing a game when I'm trying to sleep.

on Jan 12, 2017

DrJBHL


Quoting the_Monk,






Quoting starkers,



@ the_Monk,
You Speak of Cortana like it's a blow-up doll with AI... and your every need is sated.



 

She comes in a blow-up doll variety?!?  where!?!.........



 

   Sick buggers that you are.

Yeah, but we're lovable sick buggers.

Actually, I'm waiting for them to supercede the blowup doll version with an android version.

At least it wouldn't puncture and I'd not run out of breath trying to blow the damned thing up.

I mean, have you ever seen an old fart go completely blue in the face?

It ain't a pretty sight, believe me..   

on Jan 13, 2017

starkers

Yeah, but we're lovable sick buggers.

A dubious claim if ever there was one.

on Jan 13, 2017

DrJBHL


Quoting starkers,

Yeah, but we're lovable sick buggers.



A dubious claim if ever there was one.

Dubious?   There's plenty of people who love me.... though there's some who don't know it yet.

Just to explain, those who know me think I'm lovable, and those who don't know me will when they do.

However, I can't speak for the_Monk.  Obviously there's a love affair going on between he and Cortana, but beyond that, who knows?  He may have left a string of broken hearts behind after he's found himself newer and better tech.

on Jan 14, 2017

starkers

Obviously there's a love affair going on between he and Cortana, but beyond that, who knows? 

I hope the_Monk's "connectivity" requires more than a USB or Firewire connection. 

on Jan 14, 2017

DrJBHL


Quoting starkers,

Obviously there's a love affair going on between he and Cortana, but beyond that, who knows? 



I hope the_Monk's "connectivity" requires more than a USB or Firewire connection. 

Yup, cos when androids/robots suprcede the blowup Cortana, Thunderbolt connections will be all the go.

Sadly, my physical connection failed me and I'm dependent on wi-fi nowadays; hence there's no 'real contact', just 'thoughties' neverendingly going out over the airwaves into infinity.

on Jan 14, 2017

DrJBHL


Quoting starkers,

Obviously there's a love affair going on between he and Cortana, but beyond that, who knows? 



I hope the_Monk's "connectivity" requires more than a USB or Firewire connection. 

 

<ahem> ....my ears are burning guys.......thanks! 

 

Sadly these days even WiFi 'access points' aren't the 'thing'.........however toothing (Bluetooth) new and strange tech as you walk by is very much exciting and can bring unexpected results!  hehe 

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