***This article written in preparation for a new version of Tweaking Windows 10 (no, there is no time table for this).
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Microsoft released a lot of information about privacy settings and the information that it collects. They become far more transparent about the info it collects. They have given you buttons here and buttons there on turn off various information collecting. But, the amount of information they attempt to collect hasn’t changed.
Yeah, I get that some of you don’t care about this issue. I get that some of you will come back with the insipid, nonsensical, apples-to-oranges comparison to smart phones. But for those who do care about this issue, read on.
First, Local Account
– If you care about privacy you should be using a Local Account already.
– If using a Local Account there is far less personal information collected. What info that is collected is not stored in the cloud.
Very simple. I go through every setting in every section here and turn it off.
If you use a Local Account there is nothing there.
If you use a Microsoft Account you have the option to clear browsing, search, location, and Cortana history.
Windows 10 Browsers Ad Settings
Don’t bother. If you clear your history like you should then the settings changes do not stick.
“To opt out of personalized ads in this browser, your browser history must allow first-party and third-party cookies and you must have your browsing experience set to NOT delete browsing history on exit. Instructions for enabling cookies and configuring your browsing history may be available in your browsers settings, privacy, or help documentation.”
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