First up I have to say that I don't mind Microsoft collecting telemetry data from my computer. They can take anything they want, within reason of course, and as often as they like, but I would like to know the following:
- How often is telemetry data taken, depending on the different telemetry level setting?
- Can we see examples of the datasets taken? It's nice to see everything listed in TechNet, but I'd like to see an example also.
- What is the size datasize of the dataset taken?
- If the FULL setting for telemetry is set (which all insiders have by default and can't change), it says Microsoft could run diagnostics on our computers, get registry data and even documents, if they are related to a crash/bug. How would we know this was happening? We should be able to at least know when this happened. Is this done via the telemetry client by a Microsoft Engineer?
- Can we have a telemetry frontend GUI where we can at least see what data was sent, and when.
So, I've read through the TechNet article here which explains a lot but doesn't answer the questions above. Here's the bit on Full Level:
I've been doing some digging to try to work out what controls the telemetry client in Windows 10, and where any information might be stored on the computer. So far, I've not found too much, so was wondering if anyone else has done any analysis?
I've worked out that when you change the telemetry setting in the settings app, it invokes the telemetry.desktop.dll but I imagine that merely calls the telemetry client and I don't know anything about decompiling dlls to even find out what might be in there.
Where is the telemetry client in Windows 10? Does it run as a Service? There are a few services that could be the telemetry client, like those beginning with "Diagnostics" in their titles but I'm not convinced. Or is it simply an upgraded Windows Error Reporting Service being used?
Has anyone found out any more information regarding the telemetry client?
This thread isn't about stopping Microsoft taking telemetry, but to understand what's going on, and get answers to some questions about how it works.