Windows data privacy

Microsoft is committed to improving our customers’ experiences in the era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge. The data from Windows devices helps us operate and improve our products and services, and provide our customers with richer, more personal experiences.

  • Functional data is created and used by specific applications or components of Windows, such as Cortana and Bing, and gives you customized experiences that help increase your productivity and enjoyment of your Windows devices.
  • Diagnostic data is used to keep the operating system secure and up-to-date, troubleshoot problems, and make product improvements. This data gives every customer a voice in helping shape future versions of Windows.

We also provide organizations and users with control over how information is collected. Enterprise management capabilities, through MDM, such as Microsoft Intune, Group Policy or registry settings, provide granular control over the type of data collected by Microsoft, so you can choose the best fit for your organization.