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Posted: 2020-06-28

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Change Windows 10 Privacy settings including general, diagnostic, activity history, and speech recognition,

As a Windows 10 user, you should be familiar with Windows 10 privacy settings and change them according to your own terms by allowing what information or data you want to share and what to disallow.

If you leave the privacy settings as default, your operating system will collect information about your computer use to make your system perform better, and suggest content relevant to you. This information can also be used to monetize, by suggesting you purchase things most relevant to your interest. Microsoft does not use your email, chat, video calls or voice mail, photos, and documents on your computer but can use your other Windows activities such as browsing habits and app installs.

Microsoft gives you settings where you can modify and control the information or data collected by the operating system. The privacy options to consider turning off include General Privacy Options, Speech, Inking & Typing Personalization, Diagnostics & Feedback, and Activity History.

Change Windows 10 Privacy Options
Under the General tab of the privacy settings, you will find four options to turn on or off.

To access the general privacy options.
1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
3. On the left panel, click General
4. Turn off any of the options. There are four options under the general settings.
a) Let apps use the adverting ID to make ads more interesting to you based on your app activity (Tuning this off will reset your ID.). Windows generates a unique advertising ID for each user on a device, which app developers and advertising networks can then use for their own purposes, including providing more relevant advertising in apps.
b) Let websites provide locally relevant content by accessing my language list. Some websites may have their content available in different languages. Windows can share information about your preferred language list with websites so that they can have the opportunity to respect your language preferences without you having to independently set them for each site.
c) Let Windows track app launches to improve Start and search result. Windows can personalize your Start menu based on the apps that you launch. This allows you to quickly have access to your list of Most used apps both in the Start menu and when you search your device.
d) Show me suggested content in the Settings app. Microsoft can offer you suggestions throughout Settings. This content comes in a variety of forms and can help you discover new features within Settings, or suggest new content and apps you may find interesting.

Above are self-explanatory, turn them On or Off you where it suites your concern.

Enable or disable Speech recognition
If you use Cortana or dictations, you have to enable these settings. If this setting is enabled, Microsoft will use your voice data to help improve the Windows speech service.

To change this settings;
1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
5. On the left panel, click Speech
6. Turn off the speech recognition or turn it on based on your preferences

Inking & typing personalization
This is another optional privacy settings, if you turn it on, it will collect typing data and create a local dictionary that makes a better suggestion for you when typing words.

To enable or disable Inking & typing personalization;
1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
3. On the left panel, click Inking & typing personalization
4. Turn off this privacy settings or turn it on based on your preferences

Diagnostic & Feedback
You can choose how much diagnostic data you want to send to Microsoft but Windows 10 does not let you disable the basic diagnostic settings.

Basic diagnostic data is information about your device, its settings and capabilities, and whether it is performing properly. This is the minimum level of diagnostic data needed to help keep your device reliable, secure, and operating normally.

Full diagnostic data includes additional details about your device and its settings, capabilities, and device health. Optional diagnostic data also includes information about the websites you browse, device activity (sometimes referred to as usage), and enhanced error reporting. Optional diagnostic data can also include the memory state of your device when a system or app crash occurs (which may unintentionally include parts of a file you were using when a problem occurred). Required diagnostic data will always be included when you choose to send Optional diagnostic data. While your device will be just as secure and operate normally when only sending Required diagnostic data, the additional information we collect when you've chosen to send Optional diagnostic data makes it easier for us to identify and fix issues and make product improvements that benefit all Windows customers

Tailored experiences
If you turn this privacy setting on, Microsoft will use your diagnostic data to present you personalized tips, ads, and recommendations that enhance Microsoft products and services.

View Diagnostic data
The Diagnostic Data Viewer is a Windows app that lets you review the Windows diagnostic data your device is sending to Microsoft, grouping the info into simple categories based on how it's used by Microsoft. You can enable this option and install the app to view your diagnostic data.

To turn on data viewing
1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
3. On the left panel, click Diagnostics & feedback
4. Turn on the View diagnostic data

Delete Diagnostic data
By clicking this button, you can delete the diagnostic data Microsoft collected from your device.
To delete the diagnostic data,
1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
3. On the left panel, click Diagnostics & feedback
4. Click Delete button below the Delete diagnostic data

Feedback frequency
Under this setting, Windows allows us to choose when to send feedback. You can choose, automatic, always, once a day, once a week, or never. This is basically written feedback about the Microsoft product you use and the feedback is a popup window asking your opinion.

To change how often we ask you for feedback
1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
3. On the left panel, click Diagnostics & feedback
4. Scroll down to Feedback frequency
5. Click drop down box and choose your preference

Recommended troubleshooting
Microsoft allows you to choose what to do when trouble is detected on your system or app. You can choose to auto fix, ask you before fixing it, tell you after it's fixed, or only fix critical problems.

To change recommended troubleshooting
1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
3. On the left panel, click Diagnostics & feedback
4. Scroll down to Recommended troubleshooting
6. Click drop down box and choose your preference

Windows Activity history
Activity history helps keep track of the things you do on your devices, such as the apps and services you use, the files you open, and the websites you browse. Your activity history is stored locally on your device, and if you’ve signed in to your device with a Microsoft account and given your permission, Windows sends your activity history to Microsoft. Microsoft uses the activity history data to provide you with personalized experiences.

To delete or modify Windows activity history

1. Click Start then click Settings
2. Click Privacy
3. On the left panel, click Activity history
4. Put a check mark on Store my activity history on this device to store your activity history or remove the check mark to not store
5. Remove the check mark from Send my activity history Microsoft
6. To delete the activity history, click the delete button.

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