Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 5th Apr 2017 23:12 UTC
Windows

The Basic level gathers a limited set of information that is critical for understanding the device and its configuration including: basic device information, quality-related information, app compatibility, and Windows Store. When the level is set to Basic, it also includes the Security level information.

The Basic level helps to identify problems that can occur on a particular device hardware or software configuration. For example, it can help determine if crashes are more frequent on devices with a specific amount of memory or that are running a particular driver version. This helps Microsoft fix operating system or app problems.

Use this article to learn about diagnostic events, grouped by event area, and the fields within each event. A brief description is provided for each field. Every event generated includes common data, which collects device data.

The long, long, long list of data Microsoft gathers when Windows 10's data collection is set to 'basic'. Some... Light reading as the Windows 10 Creator's Update, which is now available, installs (you can also wait until 11 April to get it through Windows Update).

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RE[5]: Too much data, but ...
by daedalus on Thu 6th Apr 2017 12:27 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too much data, but ..."
daedalus
Member since:
2011-01-14

daedalus,

Anything that microsoft can collect on us, realistically should be considered accessible to the government as well considering what's happened in the past.

It's not far fetched that a group like the NSA would feel entitled to it on the basis that in their view even US citizens don't have a right to privacy when it comes to "metadata".


Indeed, which is why I suggested it should be gathered *locally* and only sent to Microsoft after you've reviewed it and are happy for that information to be released.

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RE[6]: Too much data, but ...
by Alfman on Thu 6th Apr 2017 14:17 in reply to "RE[5]: Too much data, but ..."
Alfman Member since:
2011-01-28

daedalus,

Indeed, which is why I suggested it should be gathered *locally* and only sent to Microsoft after you've reviewed it and are happy for that information to be released.



Yes, we are in agreement. Didn't it used to be like this after an application crash that the user could elect to submit the data then?

I can think of some potentially devious uses of this telemetry data. For example over an annonymous VPN you could trigger various performance events in a web browsing session that would cause telemetry data to get logged and create a signature. When this telemetry data gets sent to microsoft, potentially using an identifiable IP, someone could correlate the records collected by microsoft with the events triggered over the anonymous VPN thereby defeating the anonymity.

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