|Look at each Cortana setting, especially Permissions.|
If you're concerned about personal privacy, you could...and probably should...opt-out of most of this stuff. The problem is that many people are unaware of their option to do this, or how.
The first place to look, if you're using Windows 10, is the Cortana settings. I've shut off just about everything I could. It wasn't fun and took a long time. The settings related to privacy must be unchecked individually.
According to the technology site CNet:
"Windows 10 is running on over 400 million devices, but it still has all sorts of privacy issues -- including mandatory diagnostic and usage data reporting to Microsoft, and a troubling amount of ads sprinkled throughout the platform.
"Not all of Windows 10's problems can be fixed, but there are some things you can do to reclaim your privacy. Here are five privacy-related settings you can change for a less invasive and more secure Windows 10 experience."I strongly recommend reading the CNet article 5 privacy settings to change in Windows 10. It helps you learn how to take back your OS...and your privacy. They recommend:
- Stop Cortana from getting to know you.
- Turn off your location.
- Stop syncing.
- Lock down your lock screen.
- Turn off your advertising ID
As long as you and I use the internet, our privacy may be compromised. However, take the time and effort to minimize that invasion as much as you can.