Bet­ter pri­vacy con­trols for apps in next W10 up­date

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Mi­crosoft is of­fer­ing you greater con­trol over your pri­vacy op­tions in the next Win­dows 10 up­date, in an at­tempt to pre­vent more com­plaints from users and cam­paign­ers who claim it col­lects far too much per­sonal data.

Af­ter you in­stall the Fall Creators Up­date, due to be re­leased on 17 Oc­to­ber, apps you down­load from the Win­dows Store will have to ask your per­mis­sion to ac­cess sen­si­tive parts of your PC, such as your we­b­cam, mi­cro­phone, cal­en­dar and con­tacts. They will of­ten re­quire this ac­cess to work prop­erly, though some apps may ask for more than they need.

Cur­rently, Mi­crosoft au­to­mat­i­cally grants these per­mis­sions on your be­half, ex­cept when apps re­quest your lo­ca­tion.

In a blog post ex­plain­ing the new op­tions ( www.snipca. com/25626), Mi­crosoft pri­vacy of­fi­cer Marisa Rogers said: “It’s im­por­tant to us that you have trans­parency and con­trol over which ap­pli­ca­tions can ac­cess your in­for­ma­tion”.

As an ex­am­ple she cites how Of­fice Lens, Mi­crosoft’s tool for tak­ing and crop­ping pho­tos of printed doc­u­ments, re­quires ac­cess to your com­puter’s cam­era/we­b­cam (see screen­shot above).

You can read more about per­mis­sions on Mi­crosoft’s site ( It says, for ex­am­ple, that giv­ing an app ‘Call His­tory’ per­mis­sion lets it “ac­cess his­tory of phone calls you made on the de­vice, in Skype or other tele­phony apps”.

The change makes Win­dows 10 act more like the mo­bile op­er­at­ing sys­tems An­droid and IOS, which prompt you to ap­prove an app’s re­quest to ac­cess part of your phone or tablet.

Read Mi­crosoft’s pri­vacy terms

An­other way Mi­crosoft wants to re­as­sure you is by show­ing you its full Pri­vacy State­ment when you set up the Fall Creators Up­date.

This state­ment, al­ready avail­able on­line ( www.snipca. com/25627), aims to ex­plain

“what per­sonal data Mi­crosoft col­lects from you, through our in­ter­ac­tions with you and through our prod­ucts, and how we use that data”.

The com­pany, per­haps re­al­is­ing that many peo­ple won’t sift through the whole state­ment, is also pro­vid­ing shorter ‘Learn More’ pages for each pri­vacy set­ting.

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