Widgets help and privacy


Win11help

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Hi, I was just wondering if the widgets use any sort of data on you?

Does it store any data on Microsoft servers or elsewhere other then locally?

For example, does the weather widget collects any information? If my location settings are off, does it share any of the picked locations with Microsoft or third parties?
 

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Anything you or your computer does, that uses someone's server or network... is accessible to whoever runs the server or network.

It's the same with cell phones.
 
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Hi, I was just wondering if the widgets use any sort of data on you?

Does it store any data on Microsoft servers or elsewhere other then locally?

For example, does the weather widget collects any information? If my location settings are off, does it share any of the picked locations with Microsoft or third parties?


You seem to be very concerned about computing and privacy/data. Seriously, what information is it you think Microsoft would get from you using a widget, that you like checking the weather? Computers and phones always know where you are (VPN or not). Just check your phone and go to Google’s search page, your location or thereabouts is probably noted at the bottom, at least it is in Australia.

This is just my opinion, but turning off location in Windows is really the equivalent of them asking “Do you want to know that we know where you are? If not, turn off location history and we can all pretend that we (Microsoft) don’t know”

Are you wanted by authorities?
 

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If my location settings are off, does it share any of the picked locations with Microsoft or third parties?


Technically that probably isn’t data as apposed to a preference so most likely wouldn’t fall under the data collection scope. I can’t see why Microsoft wouldn’t be able to say “6,000,000 like to use the clock to know what time it is in Texas”
That isn’t personal data, that’s statistical usage. Maybe.
If it kept a record saying “Win11Help” likes to know what time it is in Texas, that would be data collection.

But who knows what Microsoft does, not anyone in here that’s for certain.
 

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You seem to be very concerned about computing and privacy/data. Seriously, what information is it you think Microsoft would get from you using a widget, that you like checking the weather? Computers and phones always know where you are (VPN or not). Just check your phone and go to Google’s search page, your location or thereabouts is probably noted at the bottom, at least it is in Australia.

This is just my opinion, but turning off location in Windows is really the equivalent of them asking “Do you want to know that we know where you are? If not, turn off location history and we can all pretend that we (Microsoft) don’t know”

Are you wanted by authorities?
Totally agree (y)
 

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Hi, I was just wondering if the widgets use any sort of data on you?
Really, your posts (this, and the AI one) about privacy are risible

If you're that concerned about the issue, why do you use a computer?

NOTHING is private
 

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@antspants is so right. If you are going to use the internet, a certain amount of user data is collected by the players that make software and using the internet possible, whether it be Microsoft, a browser, a search engine like Google, a website like Amazon, in some cases even the developer of a application you choose to use. It may be your location, your browsing habits, or web searches. As users, we do not know who collects what and exactly how they use the data that is collected. What's more, as users, we never will. We agree to it when we all virtually sign their terms of use to use their service. It's the nature of the beast and if you become paranoid about it you'll drive yourself nuts.
There's only one way to 100% protect your privacy...that's to not use any device that has a GPS chip or connects to the internet in any way. They all call home.
 

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Thank you all for sharing your opinion on privacy.

Please do read my answer on the other thread if you want to read my opinion on it.

My goal here is to evaluate the risk vs benefit of using any tools.

For instance, I use a car because I need one even though I know car companies collect and sell all sort of data to third parties. In this instance, I don't have much of a choice unless I buy an old car, but I believe this will only be a matter of time before it is regulated.

In the instances that I do have a choice, I'd like to make the right ones according to my own values.

I'd appreciate if we could stay on topic without being fatalists on privacy online.

Thanks everyone!
 

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My goal here is to evaluate the risk vs benefit of using any tools.
But you ask direct questions about what data these tools collect and how the data is used. We're users just like you. We have no idea.
Maybe this will help in your decisions.

If you can understand the double talk and legal jargon, here's the services agreement. I can't.

data subject rights answers here Privacy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Still got questions, here's how to reach MS privacy team. Microsoft-Report a Privacy Concern

You might find this active forum thread of value. Windows 11 Telemetry
 

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    Firefox
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    still not telling
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    Firefox
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    Defender+MWB Premium
But you ask direct questions about what data these tools collect and how the data is used. We're users just like you. We have no idea.
Maybe this will help in your decisions.

If you can understand the double talk and legal jargon, here's the services agreement. I can't.

data subject rights answers here Privacy Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Still got questions, here's how to reach MS privacy team. Microsoft-Report a Privacy Concern

You might find this active forum thread of value. Windows 11 Telemetry

Thanks for actually helping! Lots of useful tool in there!
 

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My friend down the street is equally concerned but is genuinely paranoid about it. He refuses to use anything, even WhatsApp and he uses the Tor browser and temporary emails....

Personally I'm not really too concerned about the data going out as the ads coming in. Our data is being spread around like butter from everything we do, but recently I've read somewhere that Microsoft are going to force ads on me in Windows, and that is something I do not like, I assume, just like Google, that they will use my data going out to tailor ads. I tend not to worry about my basic data going out as it is simply a part of everyday life. I've altered all the settings I can in Windows to alleviate the issue of ads coming in, as that is more of a concern for me because I cannot stand ads, not unless they support a site of which I am a member, this site included (assuming it may have ads - I disabled uBlock as soon as I joined).
 

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    Intel Celeron Processor @ 2.00GHz
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    Intel Corporation NUC11ATBC4 (U3E1)
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    Samsung 50" QLED
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    KINGSTON OM8SEP4512N-A0 (SATA-2) 500GB SSD
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    HP standard Wireless
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    D: 52.77 Mbps, U: 11.26 Mbps (on Wi-Fi)
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    Chrome and Firefox
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    ESET Internet Security
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    This is a small NUC Mini-PC that is not my main computer. It's a small one that is connected to my TV so I can watch YouTube, check emails, browse and shop online. It had Windows 10 pre-installed which I was not really happy about as I have Windows 7 in my Desktop, but then it updated to Windows 11 despite my having toggled off the option to receive those types of updates.
My friend down the street is equally concerned but is genuinely paranoid about it. He refuses to use anything, even WhatsApp and he uses the Tor browser and temporary emails....

Personally I'm not really too concerned about the data going out as the ads coming in. Our data is being spread around like butter from everything we do, but recently I've read somewhere that Microsoft are going to force ads on me in Windows, and that is something I do not like, I assume, just like Google, that they will use my data going out to tailor ads. I tend not to worry about my basic data going out as it is simply a part of everyday life. I've altered all the settings I can in Windows to alleviate the issue of ads coming in, as that is more of a concern for me because I cannot stand ads, not unless they support a site of which I am a member, this site included (assuming it may have ads - I disabled uBlock as soon as I joined).



 

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    Windows 11 Pro 23H2 Build: 22631.3880
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    Sin-built
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    Intel(R) Core(TM) i7-4770K CPU @ 3.50GHz (4th Gen?)
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    ASUS ROG Maximus VI Formula
    Memory
    32.0 GB of I forget and the box is in storage.
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    Gigabyte nVidia GeForce GTX 1660 Super OC 6GB
    Sound Card
    Onboard
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    4 x LG 23MP75 1 x 24" LG M38H 1 x 32" LF6300 TV Monitor 1 x Wacom Pro 22" Tablet
    Screen Resolution
    All over the place
    Hard Drives
    2 x WD something Something 8TB HDD's / 2 x WD something Something 4TB HDD's / 1 x EVO 1TB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB SSD's / 1 x EVO 250 GB SSD / 2 x QVO 1TB (External Hub) / 1 x EVO 1TB (Portable Backup Case)
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    Silverstone 1500
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    NZXT Phantom 820 Full-Tower Case
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    Noctua NH-D15 Elite Class Dual Tower CPU Cooler / 6 x EziDIY 120mm / 2 x Corsair 140mm somethings / 1 x 140mm Thermaltake something / 2 x 200mm Corsair.
    Keyboard
    Corsair K95 / Logitech diNovo Edge Wireless
    Mouse
    Logitech G402 / G502 / Mx Masters / MX Air Cordless
    Internet Speed
    100/40Mbps
    Browser
    All sorts
    Antivirus
    Kaspersky Premium
    Other Info
    I’m on a horse.
  • Operating System
    Windows 11 Pro 22621.2215
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    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    LENOVO Yoga 7i EVO OLED 14" Touchscreen i5 12 Core 16GB/512GB
    CPU
    Intel Core 12th Gen i5-1240P Processor (1.7 - 4.4GHz)
    Memory
    16GB LPDDR5 RAM
    Graphics card(s)
    Graphics processor is an Intel Iris Xe
    Sound Card
    optimized with Dolby Atmos®
    Screen Resolution
    QHD 2880 x 1800 OLED
    Hard Drives
    M.2 512GB
    Other Info
    …still on a horse.


I know, disgusting isn't it? I saw a YT vid yesterday with a tutorial on stopping all this c**p, at least as far as possible, not just in the Windows settings, but in Widgets, File Explorer, the Search Bar, Chrome and Edge too. Most of these I had already set, but there were quite a few that I hadn't. It took an age to precisely write them out in a text file so the instructions could be transferred. This was the primary reason I wanted to pause updates to what essentially amounts to forever. I really don't care if my OS, or any software I use is updated.as long as It works and does what I want it to as it is, Just like my primary Windows 7 desktop PC upstairs. And as long as it does that I never update anyway. Hopefully the settings I changed are now enough as currently I have no adds, and so I hope it will remain, as long as that hack to extend the pause in updates holds true I have until 2030.
 

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    Intel Celeron Processor @ 2.00GHz
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    Intel Corporation NUC11ATBC4 (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB
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    Q90A (3840x2160@60Hz) Intel UHD Graphics (Intel)
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 50" QLED
    Screen Resolution
    3940 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    KINGSTON OM8SEP4512N-A0 (SATA-2) 500GB SSD
    Keyboard
    HP standard Wireless
    Mouse
    HP standard wireless
    Internet Speed
    D: 52.77 Mbps, U: 11.26 Mbps (on Wi-Fi)
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    This is a small NUC Mini-PC that is not my main computer. It's a small one that is connected to my TV so I can watch YouTube, check emails, browse and shop online. It had Windows 10 pre-installed which I was not really happy about as I have Windows 7 in my Desktop, but then it updated to Windows 11 despite my having toggled off the option to receive those types of updates.
A good list of the settings to stop ads as much as possible in Windows, just for info:

 

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    Win 11 Home & 🐥.
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    AMD Ryzen™ 7 7735HS Processor 3.2Ghz
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    RB Sierra_PEH (FP7)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 4800MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" QHD+ 165Hz 16:10 IPS Technology
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1200
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO 2TB
    PSU
    330 Watts
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth.
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER NITRO
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB NVMe M.2
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
A good list of the settings to stop ads as much as possible in Windows, just for info:
Thanks, I have a funny feeling these might have been the ones who uploaded the YT video, all exactly the same ones as I did yesterday.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 11 Pro 23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    NUC
    CPU
    Intel Celeron Processor @ 2.00GHz
    Motherboard
    Intel Corporation NUC11ATBC4 (U3E1)
    Memory
    8GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Q90A (3840x2160@60Hz) Intel UHD Graphics (Intel)
    Sound Card
    Realtek High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 50" QLED
    Screen Resolution
    3940 x 2160
    Hard Drives
    KINGSTON OM8SEP4512N-A0 (SATA-2) 500GB SSD
    Keyboard
    HP standard Wireless
    Mouse
    HP standard wireless
    Internet Speed
    D: 52.77 Mbps, U: 11.26 Mbps (on Wi-Fi)
    Browser
    Chrome and Firefox
    Antivirus
    ESET Internet Security
    Other Info
    This is a small NUC Mini-PC that is not my main computer. It's a small one that is connected to my TV so I can watch YouTube, check emails, browse and shop online. It had Windows 10 pre-installed which I was not really happy about as I have Windows 7 in my Desktop, but then it updated to Windows 11 despite my having toggled off the option to receive those types of updates.
In the instances that I do have a choice, I'd like to make the right ones according to my own values.


In the instances where you "seem" to have a choice... you really don't.
Microsoft, via Windows has so many ways to collect data from you, that blocking one or two, just forces Windows to use a different method.

And every month, Microsoft can re-turn ON things you have turned OFF.
Microsoft has been writing Windows for 40 years. They're pretty good at it by now.

Believing you can block their data collection, may make you feel good, but nothing you do can really block all of it.

Maybe you should Google: Whack-a-mole and read about that.

Like so...


Colloquial usage​

The term "whac-a-mole" (or "whack-a-mole") is often used colloquially to refer to a situation characterized by a series of futile, Sisyphean tasks, where the successful completion of one just yields another popping up elsewhere.
 

My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home ♦♦♦22631.3880 ♦♦♦♦♦♦♦23H2
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® [May 2020]
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
    Motherboard
    Asus Pro WS X570-ACE (BIOS 4702)
    Memory
    G.Skill (F4-3200C14D-16GTZKW)
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA RTX 2070 (08G-P4-2171-KR)
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC1220P / ALC S1220A
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Dell U3011 30"
    Screen Resolution
    2560 x 1600
    Hard Drives
    2x Samsung 860 EVO 500GB,
    WD 4TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    WD 8TB Black FZBX - SATA III,
    DRW-24B1ST CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling 750W Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Cooler Master ATCS 840 Tower
    Cooling
    CM Hyper 212 EVO (push/pull)
    Keyboard
    Ducky DK9008 Shine II Blue LED
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-100
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox (latest)
    Antivirus
    Bitdefender Internet Security
    Other Info
    Speakers: Klipsch Pro Media 2.1
  • Operating System
    Windows XP Pro 32bit w/SP3
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    Built by Ghot® (not in use)
    CPU
    AMD Athlon 64 X2 5000+ (OC'd @ 3.2Ghz)
    Motherboard
    ASUS M2N32-SLI Deluxe Wireless Edition
    Memory
    TWIN2X2048-6400C4DHX (2 x 1GB, DDR2 800)
    Graphics card(s)
    EVGA 256-P2-N758-TR GeForce 8600GT SSC
    Sound Card
    Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ViewSonic G90FB Black 19" Professional (CRT)
    Screen Resolution
    up to 2048 x 1536
    Hard Drives
    WD 36GB 10,000rpm Raptor SATA
    Seagate 80GB 7200rpm SATA
    Lite-On LTR-52246S CD/RW
    Lite-On LH-18A1P CD/DVD Burner
    PSU
    PC Power & Cooling Silencer 750 Quad EPS12V
    Case
    Generic Beige case, 80mm fans
    Cooling
    ZALMAN 9500A 92mm CPU Cooler
    Mouse
    Logitech Optical M-BT96a
    Keyboard
    Logitech Classic Keybooard 200
    Internet Speed
    300/300
    Browser
    Firefox 3.x ??
    Antivirus
    Symantec (Norton)
    Other Info
    Still assembled, still runs. Haven't turned it on for 13 years?

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