Microsoft has been gradually tweaking its Windows 10 privacy controls this year. The software giant addressed some initial concerns in the Windows 10 Creators Update with simplified data collection levels, and eventually revealed what data Windows 10 really collects in April. Microsoft is now making more privacy-related changes with the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Microsoft is now planning to let Windows 10 Fall Creators Update users access the full privacy statement during setup. While most people never read this full statement, there will be a “learn more” section for each privacy setting during setup, allowing people to better understand settings without reading the full privacy statement.
Windows 10 currently prompts users to enable location-based information on apps like maps, and Microsoft is extending this dialogue box to other apps and information. The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update will now prompt for access to camera, microphone, contacts, calendar, and other information. Prompts will only appear for new apps installed after the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update, but it does mean you’re going to start seeing these dialogue boxes more often. It’s now more similar to how Android and iOS handle these key permissions.
Microsoft will start testing these changes with Windows Insiders shortly, ahead of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update release on October 17th.