Windows 10 SCU lets you delete the data collected from your device

By: Madeleine Dean
2 minute read
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Each and every Internet user should have the right to keep his/her personal data private. Unfortunately, this has not always been the case as recent reports confirm.

Well, Microsoft is no stranger to privacy complaints. Many users have been very vocal about Windows 10’s telemetry service and privacy settings.  As we pointed out in a previous post, user data privacy is what makes users trust or mistrust tech companies.

The Redmond wants to avoid privacy scandals such as the one involving Facebook and added a series of useful privacy improvements and new settings to Windows 10 Spring Creators Update. As a quick reminder, this new OS version is not available yet to the general public. Microsoft postponed SCU’s launch due to some severe bugs. However, we expect the final version to reach all users in a few weeks’ time.

Delete all the diagnostic data Windows 10 collected from your PC

The Windows 10 Spring Creators Update brings a very interesting and useful delete button that allows you to wipe all the data the OS collected from your device. Go to Settings > Privacy > Diagnostics & Feedback > Delete diagnostic data.

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However, keep in mind that hitting the ‘Delete diagnostic data’ button doesn’t mean you’ll delete absolutely all the information associated with your Microsoft account. You need to access the Microsoft Account Portal to delete additional data stored in the cloud.

Despite this new privacy option, many users remain skeptical about Microsoft’s intentions:

From what I understand this will “remove” the data from their servers. As you can see I am skeptical, but it’s a step in the right direction.

Others suggested that Microsoft added this delete button only to comply with the upcoming EU privacy regulations. As one user points out, this is a legal requirement for the new privacy rules coming into effect in May. We’ll probably be seeing more companies adding  dedicated options that allow users to download and delete all the data they collected.

Over to you now: Are you going to use the Delete diagnostic data’ button when it becomes available for all users? Or you’ll let Microsoft continue to collect and use your data? Let us know in the comments below.

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