The indelible Microsoft Windows 10 user Activity History

Big tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and Microsoft have felt the heat from privacy advocates and the general public alike regarding the way they handle user data. Microsoft is yet again in the news this week for fraudulently collecting user activity history data.

Microsoft Collect Windows Activity History Reddit
Credit : Windows 10 Subreddit

A Reddit user took to Windows 10 subreddit to pour his/her frustration. S/he was not able to clear activity history despite disabling data collection and even after emptying the activity history in Windows 10.

By default, Windows 10 is allowed to collect a user’s activities on a PC. There is an option to disable activity data collection. Furthermore, you can clear the collected data from the Activity history window.

Windows 10 Activity History Window
Windows 10 Activity History window

That should have been the end of the story.

Windows 10 Activity History Privacy dashboard

Except it is not. User activity history persists on Microsoft’s online Privacy dashboard like a hard-to-remove stain.

Microsoft Windows 10 Activity Dashboard
Microsoft Windows 10 online Activity Dashboard (Credit, Windows 10 subreddit)

Could it be a bug in Windows 10 about how Microsoft syncs user data from PC to its cloud storage or a glitch in the operating system’s activity history deletion?

Perhaps Microsoft wants your data after all? We are still waiting for Microsoft’s reaction regarding this recent revelation.


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