Thursday, September 14th 2017

Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Bring Privacy Enhancements

Do you remember those times where your privacy wasn't such a concern? Where you could freely navigate through the world, and not have to worry if your apps, browsers, extensions, or operating systems weren't collecting way more data than you wanted them to? It seems eons behind us, now, but it's the world we've been living in - and the world we've been building up to with our choices as consumers. Now, consumers have to fight for almost every last scrap of privacy dignity we can expect to achieve.

Microsoft, through a blog post, has stated that they are continuing to assess and address privacy concerns users might have regarding how and when the operating system which is being hailed as the last major Microsoft OS release collects user information. Specifically, Microsoft states that "Continuing with our commitment to privacy and data control, today we're announcing privacy enhancements coming to the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update for consumers and commercial customers that further increase your access to information and provides you more control over what information is collected."
This will materialize by the addition of direct access to the Privacy Statement within the setup process. Second, as users set up a new device, the Learn More page on the privacy settings screen will now enable users to jump to specific settings for location, speech recognition, diagnostics, tailored experiences, and ads. This simplifies the process of having to sift through the privacy statement looking for specific parts of the privacy statement.
Another improvement, and a worthwhile one, will be the addition of Android-like prompts for specific functions each app can access on your device. You will be prompted to provide permission before an app can access key device capabilities or information such as your camera, microphone, contacts, and calendar, among others. This Fall Creators update is expected to make a hard landing on October 17thSource: Windows Blogs
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4 Comments on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to Bring Privacy Enhancements

#1
_JP_
I guess it's so plain hard to explain what "they" want to access and for what reason exactly.
I mean, just tell me that if the info that they collect from my browsers is going to be sold to X, Y and Z at a given moment and what was sent. As a result, their products will be better suited and/or recommended to me and ads will be directed my way.
I mean, everything is a business now and I don't feel like it's a bad thing if I get recommended for something I'm actually looking for and haven't found yet. BI exists for a reason.
I just need companies to tell me that, it didn't cross the minds that I might be okay with it?
But as long as I get a switch that actually turns it off. Entirely. That is fair.
Make the software paid as a result. I am aware of how financing and revenue flows work.
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FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
They need to stop giving major updates names and instead give them minor version numbers. By my count, this update should be 10.3.
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TheOne
FordGT90Concept said:
They need to stop giving major updates names and instead give them minor version numbers. By my count, this update should be 10.3.
Technically 10.4.

1507(TH1)->1511(TH2)->1607(RS1)->1703(RS2)->1709(RS3)

Personally I think they should slow down and release their major builds only once a year, give them more time for development and testing.
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Basard
TheOne said:
Personally I think they should slow down and release their major builds only once a year, give them more time for development and testing.
I thought that's what we were for...
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