Microsoft has simplified its data collection settings for Windows 10 after complaints, and it appears surface Duo will have similar data diagnostic behavior when shipping.
Microsoft Surface Duo, a dual-screen Android device will go on sale in the U.S. on September 10 for $1,399. This device is a high-end product with custom-designed hinges that rotate two PixelSense screens 360 degrees.
Microsoft Surface Duo is a true Android phone that owns all of Google’s services, including the Play Store, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Google Assistant and few pre-installed Google apps.
Android’s biggest concern would be its privacy, but Surface Duo isn’t another regular Android phone, and Microsoft has created a customized experience for the device, including simplified privacy settings to help users centrally manage and track their data collection in one place.
Microsoft has proved that Microsoft and Google’s privacy settings will be provided separately in Surface Duo’s operating system.
As shown above, to change Microsoft’s privacy, you need to open the Settings app and open Microsoft’s privacy page.
Surface Duo privacy settings
Like Windows 10, Surface Duo collects diagnostic data from its installation group to identify problems and improve performance and security. This diagnostic data collection feature generates anonymous telemetry data that is regularly uploaded to Microsoft, which does not store your data information.
Microsoft claims it will also use your Surface Duo data to improve related products and services, such as the Your Phone app. In addition, the default data collection is anonymous and does not include your personal information, such as your name, email address, or your files.
You can also choose to send optional diagnostic data, including more details about the device. This is optional and won’t be the default behavior for your device unless you change Surface Duo’s privacy settings.
Even if you choose the optional diagnostic data option, Microsoft claims that your devices and data will be safe and secure while they are functioning.
Manage your Microsoft privacy settings
To view or change your privacy settings for the Microsoft apps on your device:
- Settings > Microsoft > change Microsoft app diagnostic data settings > Select Apps to change privacy settings.
Manage your Google privacy settings
To view or change your privacy settings for the Google apps on your device:
- Settings > Google > Apps to view or change privacy settings for individual apps.