Mi­crosoft gath­ers your data — here’s how to cut the cords.

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Mi­crosoft gath­ers your data — here’s how to cut the cords.

Pri­vacy is a hot topic th­ese days. The rise of cloud-based ser­vices has seen more users than ever trust their pri­vate in­for­ma­tion to re­mote servers, at a time when the se­cu­rity of on­line data has come into ques­tion fol­low­ing a spate of high-pro­file breaches.

What does this have to do with Win­dows 10 users? Well, it might sur­prise you to learn in Mi­crosoft’s Pri­vacy State­ment, the com­pany makes clear its in­ten­tion to col­lect your data when you “cre­ate a Mi­crosoft ac­count, sub­mit a search query to Bing, speak a voice com­mand to Cor­tana, up­load a doc­u­ment to OneDrive, or con­tact us for sup­port”.

How­ever, if you’d rather not hand over your pri­vate data, don’t worry — it’s not too late to roll back th­ese changes. We’ll run you through some steps to help you take back your pri­vacy in no time.

Gen­eral pri­vacy The Gen­eral sec­tion in Pri­vacy Set­tings is home to op­tions for turn­ing off Ad ID and lan­guage shar­ing. More Pri­vacy op­tions Turn off the app and sys­tem-wide ac­cess to your cam­era, mi­cro­phone, con­tacts and cal­en­dars from the left pane.

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