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Reclaim your privacy in Windows 10 with Microsoft's new features

Reclaim your privacy in Windows 10 with Microsoft's new features
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No matter how good the reviews have been for Microsoft's Windows 10 operating system since it rolled out two years ago, there are a couple of huge problems that still dog Microsoft, and irritate users like you.

Microsoft has had problems with your privacy. In fact, Windows 10 may be the worst offending OS ever, when it comes to collecting all sorts of sensitive information from you, whether you know it or not.

Microsoft has been harshly criticized for its privacy practices and threatened with lawsuits, notably by European regulators. In the meantime, the Electronic Freedom Foundation has criticized Microsoft for sending "an unprecedented amount of usage data back to Microsoft" and for disregarding how you want your data collected.

What's changing?

Microsoft is taking two big steps toward fixing these problems. In January, Windows 10 made it easier to see and adjust your privacy settings with its privacy dashboard.

"When you are signed in with your Microsoft account, you can go to account.microsoft.com/privacy to review and clear data such as browsing history, search history, location activity, and Cortana’s Notebook – all in one place," Terry Myerson, Executive Vice President of Microsoft's Windows and Devices Group, wrote on his blog earlier this year.

Soon, instead of multiple pages of confusing privacy settings, there will be five choices in its basic setting on one screen: Location, Speech Recognition, Diagnostics, Tailored Experiences with Diagnostic Data, and Relevant Ads.

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