Although Microsoft has enjoyed great success with the latest version of its Windows operating system, privacy activists have accused the tech giant of extracting way too much information from its users.

In January 2017, Microsoft announced that its Windows 10 Creators Update will include an option to let users control how much data that they intend to share for the purpose of quality control. At this time, Windows 10 collects a significant amount of information from its users for the purpose of improving the operating system and future updates. Although the data transmitted to Microsoft is scrubbed so that it is completely anonymous, privacy activists have complained about the lack of options for Windows 10 users in this regard.

Microsoft Releases Privacy Dashboard with New Update

The Windows 10 Creators Update, which will be launched later in 2016, will introduce a privacy dashboard hosted by Microsoft. This dashboard will provide users with information about data collected thus far on items such as search history, browsing history, queries and commands given to the Microsoft Cortana virtual assistant, and location activity for mobile devices powered by Windows 10.

When the Creators Update is applied, users will see a dark blue menu with privacy controls to regulate how much information will be collected as they use Windows 10. Microsoft is unlikely to handle this information in a nefarious or irresponsible; in fact, Microsoft has previously fought against subpoenas seeking the release of location activity in criminal court cases. Nonetheless, the company is taking a much desirable approach by listening to users.

With each new installation or update of Windows 10, users will see improved privacy controls instead of the original Express Settings. The new privacy levels are Full and Basic; the latter level only sends data that is deemed to be vital to the proper functioning of the operating system.

New Features in Windows 10

Even with the new privacy controls, activists are concerned about the Dynamic Lock mechanism that is connected to device cameras normally used with communications apps such as Skype. This feature locks up the computer when users step away from it; the Creators Update will allow the option to disable it completely for greater privacy.

Other major features included in the Creators Update include Windows Home, which uses Cortana for smart home automation purposes, and a special mode to allow resource-heavy games to run more smoothly.