Starting with very first releases of Windows 10, Microsoft was often criticized by a huge number of users, and even by government agencies in certain countries like Netherlands for intensive data collection via the built-in diagnostics and telemetry services. In response, Microsoft has published the list of endpoints Windows 10 connects to after a clean install. Here are the endpoints for the recently released Windows 10 version 1809.
It's no secret to anyone who uses Windows 10 that this operating system collects a lot of private information and sends it back to Microsoft so they get more telemetry data about your usage habits which they use to target you with ads and take software design decisions. Along with other data, the OS also collects bits of information to improve the keyboard prediction feature and ink recognition. When this feature is enabled, it might send data that you type. A lot of users are not happy with this behavior.
In Windows 10, Microsoft collects performance and usage information. This information is known as telemetry data. According to Microsoft, it helps to improve product quality and resolve bugs and issues in the OS faster. In this article, we will see how to change how much diagnostic and usage data will be sent to Microsoft.
Another research done by an independent IT security analyst shows a number of privacy issues in Windows 10. Even after you have properly configured Windows 10 Creators Update using Group Policy in the Enterprise edition, the operating system may disregard these settings and continue to utilize your bandwidth and "phone home" to send data.
Today, a new sensational report is doing the rounds of the internet. It has come to our knowledge that Microsoft is sharing Windows 10 telemetry data collected from users with select partners. This means that everything Microsoft obtained from your PC can be inspected by a third party for whatever reasons.