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Microsoft outlines new privacy features in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update is just around the corner. It brings with itself a number of new features including accessibility improvements, hardened security, full support for the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), new capabilities for the Windows Device Portal, better performance in Microsoft Edge, and enhancements to Windows AutoPilot management tools.

Now, Microsoft has also outlined the privacy-related features that will be making their way to users with the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.

Microsoft explains that similar to the Creators Update - that was released in April - the next feature update will also pack some improvements to user privacy.

During the system setup process, users will be given access to Microsoft's Privacy Statement directly. You will also be able to navigate quickly to different privacy settings such as ads, diagnostics, location, and tailored experiences. Microsoft believes that this will ensure more transparency with its customers and allow you to make an "informed decision" regarding how your data will be used.

The Redmond giant has also stated that previously, Windows 10 users only needed to explicitly allow apps to use location data. With the Fall Creators Update, the company is extending these permission prompts to other device features such as microphone, camera, and contacts. That said, Microsoft cautions that these changes will be automatically applicable to new apps installed after the Fall Creators Update only. Permission for previously installed apps will need to be managed manually by navigating to Start > Settings > Privacy.

Furthermore, Microsoft is also enabling Enterprise customers to have more control over the data that they share with the company via Windows Analytics.

All of these changes will be heading to Windows 10 customers with the arrival of the Fall Creators Update next month, and Insiders will be able to test them in the coming weeks.

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