Windows Analytics, Privacy and anonymity

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New Contributor

Dear community,

 

A customer of mine would like to use Windows Analytics to drive their Windows 10 Upgrade journey.

At this moment, the implementation decision is stuck at the Security department. They would like to know if any attributes which are send to Microsoft (like commercial ID) could be used to link the telemetry with the customer. They fear that some information might be publicly available which could link the commercial ID with a domain name, or subscription ID of the OMS workspace which links to the contract ID of the customer,...?

 

I've send them the privacy charter of Microsoft and Windows Analytics (https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/deployment/update/windows-analytics-privacy) but this doesn't answer the specific question above.

 

They are afraid that hackers might be able to use the telemetry (unpatched devices, not installed patches,..) and link it to the company.

 

Could you comment on this please so I can re-assure the customer?

 

Thanks!

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@Steve Thomas (GLADIATOR)

Could you provide us with a clear answer regarding the anonymity of the data?

Thanks in advance!

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Is there any documented data in these links that would make you concerned?

 

Windows 10, version 1803 basic level Windows diagnostic events and fields:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/privacy/basic-level-windows-diagnostic-events-and-fields


Windows 10, version 1709 basic level Windows diagnostic events and fields:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/privacy/basic-level-windows-diagnostic-events-and-fields-17...


Windows 10, version 1709 enhanced diagnostic data events and fields used by Windows Analytics

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/privacy/enhanced-diagnostic-data-windows-analytics-events-a...


Windows 10, version 1709 and newer diagnostic data for the Full level:

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/privacy/windows-diagnostic-data


Windows 10, version 1703 basic level Windows diagnostic events and fields

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/privacy/basic-level-windows-diagnostic-events-and-fields-17...


Windows 10 diagnostic data for the Full diagnostic data level - 1703

https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/privacy/windows-diagnostic-data-1703 


Licensing Terms and Documentation

https://www.microsoftvolumelicensing.com/DocumentSearch.aspx?Mode=3&DocumentTypeId=31 


Learn about security and privacy at Microsoft datacenters

http://www.microsoft.com/datacenters  

Confidence in the trusted cloud

https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/support/trust-center/