Microsoft is set to further bolster Window 10's privacy tools in the upcoming Fall Creators Update, having revealed new changes people can expect when they download the free update from October 17. This would be the case of every new app installed after the release of the Windows 10 Fall Creators Update.
Two of the major changes to how Windows 10 handles your private information occur in the setup process.
Now, the privacy bumps include special permission prompts for Windows 10 apps to access various components like the camera, microphone, contacts, calendar, etc. The option to do the same would be available through the Settings app Privacy.
This will work in a similar way to how apps need to ask permission to access your data on Android and iOS devices, so we're pleased to see it implemented here.
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In addition, Microsoft also announced that when users update to the FCU, they will be asked once more to review their OS privacy features, similarly to how they've been asked when they updated to the Creators Update, this past April. Just like these mobile devices, Windows 10 users would be able to revert the access permissions they have allowed for an app.
Previously, users were only prompted to grant an app access if it required access to a person's location data, while all other permissions were granted automatically.
When it launched, Windows 10 was plagued by privacy concerns, and it looks like Microsoft is continuing to hand more control back to its customers over what private data is shared, while being more transparent over what it does with the information.
Microsoft has been rolling out test builds of Windows 10 Fall Creators Update to its Insider testers since its Build conference in May.
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