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Privacy in Windows Phone 8

Privacy in Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone 8

Windows Phone privacy protections

Mobile devices can contain a lot of personal information. Some, you may be happy to share. Some, you would rather not. We know that the vast majority of smartphone users (72 percent) are even more concerned about their privacy today than they were a year ago. That’s why Microsoft builds Windows Phone 8 with privacy in mind, because your privacy is our priority.

Location Privacy. Before your phone can use location services—for a mapping app, say—you must also allow the specific application, feature, or website to access your phone’s location.

Location services can enable a richer experience for many phone apps. For example, maps can display your current location if you're not sure where you are in relation to an address. Or Bing can show nearby businesses in your search results.

To turn location services on or off

  1. In the App list tap Settings Settings , then tap Location.

  2. Turn Location services Location Settings on or off.


Privacy Settings in Internet Explorer 10 for Windows Phone. On your Windows Phone, you can delete your Internet Explorer 10 search history and use the SmartScreen Filter to help protect against unsafe websites. You can also set Internet Explorer to send a Do Not Track request to websites you visit to signal that you don't want that website to track your browsing.

To delete your Internet Explorer browsing history:

  1. In Internet Explorer, tap More More Settings , and then tap Settings.

    Application Settings

  2. Tap delete history to erase browser history, cookies, saved passwords, and temporary Internet files from your phone.

To change advanced Internet Explorer settings
  1. In Internet Explorer, tap More More Settings , Settings, and then tap advanced settings. (You can also access Internet Explorer's settings through Settings Settings on the App list.)


  2. Manage any of the following settings:

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    • Allow websites to access your location. You'll be notified when a site requests your location.

      Note: For more information about Microsoft's location awareness policy and Windows Phone, see Location and my privacy FAQ.

    • Tap Use SmartScreen Filter if you want to be warned about websites that have been reported to Microsoft as unsafe or suspicious.

    • Tap Send a Do Not Track request to signal websites you visit that you don't want them to track your browsing. (Even though you’ve expressed this preference, websites may continue to engage in activities you might view as tracking. This depends on websites’ specific practices.)

    • Under Cookies from websites and apps, tap Accept all, Block some, or Block all to set which cookies Internet Explorer accepts.

      Block some blocks two kinds of third-party cookies: those that do not have a privacy policy and those that save information that can be used to contact you without your explicit consent. It also restricts first-party cookies that save information that can be used to contact you without your implicit consent.

      Note: Get more information about Windows Phone privacy.



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