What you need to know about the Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer
Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer comes as an answer to the recent scrutiny on the amount of data collected unknown to users by Microsoft when diagnosing crashes. The users could not see what and how much personal data has been collected, and this means a breach of privacy. The new and updated privacy feature gives full access to all the cloud diagnostic data that has been collected from the user’s device.
The tool makes it possible to search and filter your diagnostic events. Microsoft lists the following information that can now be accessed with the diagnostic data viewer – Common data like OS name, the version, device ID, properties among others, device configuration information, preferences, current device performance, installed applications as well as installation history, and more.
The diagnostic event categories gives the user an idea of how and for what the events are used by Microsoft. The new ‘Activity history’ page allows user to keep track of all data that has been collected.
Microsoft also plans another update soon, to that allows users to delete the reported data, and even export dashboard reports.
The Diagnostic Data Viewer runs separately from the Windows Privacy Dashboard.
“Our commitment is to be fully transparent on the diagnostic data collected from your Windows devices, how it is used, and to provide you with increased control over that data,” said Windows and Device Group privacy officer Marisa Rogers
The Windows Diagnostic Data Viewer will be a part of the next Windows 10 release, codenamed Redstone. It is possible to download the app from the Microsoft Store Diagnostic Data Viewer page.