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User privacy is an important aspect of every app, device, and website we use today. Demand for stricter data privacy laws has pressured even the largest technology companies to be more transparent in the collection, use, and subsequent distribution of user data. Microsoft gives Windows 11 users control over their data with an extensive list of privacy options.

The privacy options in Windows 11 are some of the best we’ve ever seen. Users can configure individual app permissions, data collection preferences, and more. Read on as we analyze everything you need to know to control your privacy on Windows 11.

Why is data privacy important?

A single website or application can collect and store sensitive information of millions of individuals. In the wrong hands, this vast amount of data can have devastating consequences for individuals. Data privacy is basically how organizations handle user information.

Most people won’t mind sharing their basic information (such as name and gender) with companies. However, enter sensitive data like address, bank details, etc., into the mix, and you’ll suddenly be in a very difficult situation.

Related Topics: How to Stop Advertisers Stealing Your Data Essentially, data privacy laws allow users to control their data and prevent its misuse. Apps that track your browsing history, search queries, etc. often sell this data to a third party that you may not have heard of. These companies can then use this data for targeted advertising campaigns, market research, and more.

Windows 11 privacy settings

Now that you are updated on the importance of data privacy, let’s explore the different privacy settings in Windows 11.

General Privacy Preferences

Each Windows user has a unique advertising ID associated with their own device; This advertising identifier, if enabled, allows companies to use the collected data for their purposes. You can turn off personalized and targeted advertising from apps by disabling the Windows Advertising Identifier.

public privacy

To configure general privacy settings in Windows 11:

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and Security > General.

  2. To enable or disable the advertising ID setting, toggle File Allow apps to show me personalized ads using my advertising ID button to your preferred setting.

  3. Likewise, you can also choose whether websites can show you relevant content by accessing your language menu and whether Windows can track app launches to improve the Start menu.

speech recognition

For users who regularly use speech recognition on their computers, we recommend setting the relevant privacy preferences.

If you choose to disable Microsoft online speech recognition technology, the apps and services that depend on it will not work. This will not affect the Windows Speech Recognition application.

Speech recognition settings

Enabling Microsoft’s online speech recognition can allow Microsoft to improve its technology. You can even choose to contribute your audio clips. Microsoft and its suppliers will review the audio clips, but Microsoft assures its users that they protect the privacy and, ultimately, the identity of their users.

You can set up speech recognition preferences by going to Settings > Privacy and Security > Speech.

For help improving Microsoft online speech recognition by sending audio clips to Microsoft, go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Speech and click Start contributing my audio clips.

Diagnostic data

Microsoft developers rely on diagnostic data to improve Windows and keep it working as expected. You have the option to choose between sending only required diagnostic data or optional diagnostic data that includes how you use the apps, websites you visit, and more.

Here’s how to set up the Diagnostics data preferences:

  1. Play file Started List, search for Settings, Unlock the best match.

  2. Go to Privacy and security From the sidebar, click Diagnostics and reactions.

    Diagnostic Settings Windows 11

  3. expansion in Diagnostic data tab and choose your preference.

  4. Choose your privacy preferences for Customized experiences You allow Microsoft to use your data to provide you with targeted advertising and personalized recommendations.

  5. If you want to delete diagnostic data collected by Microsoft, expand Delete diagnostic data tab and click delete.

  6. To view the collected data, click View diagnostic data group and enable Run the diagnostic data viewer Then click Open the Diagnostic Data Viewer.

Search permissions

The Search Permissions page allows you to configure search settings related to privacy options. You can access it through Settings > Privacy and Security > Search Permissions.

search permissions in windows 11

through residence safe search, you can choose how much adult content is filtered in web previews. You can choose between strictAnd Moderate, And Turn off filters. strict It completely filters adult text, videos, and images from web results through Windows Search. If you select a file Moderate Filter, Windows will filter adult videos and photos, but it will still display text.

You can also specify whether Windows Search can customize your search results by including content from Microsoft services such as OneDrive, Outlook, and Bing. You can set these preferences under File Cloud content search Collection.

Customizing Permissions for Windows 11 Apps

Apps on your computer often require the use of location data, camera, microphone, and more. Let’s take a deeper look at some of the most important app permissions.


Many apps require location data to function properly, and even Microsoft uses location data from users to improve their Windows location services. Here’s how to set up location permissions on Windows 11:

Location Services Settings

  1. Go to Settings > Privacy and Security > Location.

  2. Choose whether you want to enable or disable Site services. If you enable this option, you can then individually choose which apps are allowed to access your location data.

camera and microphone

Similarly, you can choose which apps have access to your camera and microphone.

You can set up privacy settings for camera access through Settings > Privacy & Security > Camera. You can then restrict individual apps from using the camera underneath Allow apps to access the camera.

Microphone access settings can be adjusted by Settings > Privacy and Security > Microphone In the same way mentioned above.


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