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The Great Windows 10 Privacy Debate

If you read the headlines over Windows 10 privacy, Windows 10 feels more like a major health care bill than a new operating system release:

"We have to pass it so that we can find out what's in it?"  - paraphrased from Nancy Pelosi's famous statement on the US healthcare bill.

Now that Windows 10 is available as an upgrade worldwide, many are trying to pick it apart to find flaws. Windows 10 is a great next step for Windows. It's not perfect, but Microsoft intends to continue improving it as time goes on.

One of the big pieces of contention over the last few days is over privacy concerns. Pieces of Windows 10 rely on your own data to automatically create a personalized environment. This is not a bad thing at all. But, some are digging deep into the privacy settings to find fault. And, when it comes to personally stored and used information, it's easy to do – even when concerns are unfounded.

If you're one of those most concerned that Microsoft may suddenly be taking the Google path and doing something nefarious with your information and your computing habits, use our Settings gallery here to locate where to turn data sharing off in Windows 10. Every component in Windows 10 has a setting with which to turn it ON and OFF.

And, if it helps you sleep better at night, sift through Microsoft's privacy statements on every new Windows 10 feature here:

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