Updated July 1, 2018: updated to reflect the slight changes to the Diagnostics & feedback settings following Windows 10 April 2018 Update (version 1803)
If you are someone who uses Windows 10, you may or may not know Windows 10 is sending a whole lot of data about your computer back to base including potentially your personal files.
In Windows 10, under ‘Diagnostic data’, is a setting for how much of your data gets sent back to Microsoft. To get an idea of just how much data Microsoft is grabbing, it is only on the lowest setting called “Security” that “No user content, such as user files or communications, is gathered“.
If you are a Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional user (you can find out what versions of Windows 10 you have by searching for ‘System Information’) you will not even get the option of setting the data grab to Security: for Home/Pro users the lowest setting you can go down to is Basic. What a lot of people don’t realise is Home/Pro both default to Full, the highest possible setting for hoovering up your data.
For Windows 10 Home or Windows 10 Professional users, here are the steps to change your system privacy settings down to Basic:
1. Click in the search bar at the bottom left of your screen and type in “Feedback”
2. Click ‘Feedback privacy settings’ under Best match
3. When the ‘Diagnostics & feedback’ window appears, you should see a section called ‘Diagnostic data’ which has two radio buttons, one for ‘Full’ and one for ‘Basic’. Click the radio button next to ‘Basic’.
4. Nice job! You have now changed your system privacy settings. The section under ‘Diagnostic data’ should now look like this: