Protect your files against threats like ransomeware, and see how to restore files in case of an attack

For other data that is saved to your Windows 10 device, you’ll need to go to your device to change those privacy settings and view the data collected. You can find detailed info for viewing and changing your privacy settings, accessing data in our products, and requesting data that isn’t available here at

Browsing history

If browsing history in Cortana is turned on, your Microsoft Edge browsing history is sent to Microsoft so that Microsoft features and services may use this data to provide you with timely and intelligent answers, proactive personalized suggestions, or to complete tasks for you.

In addition to the browsing history saved here, Microsoft Edge also saves your browsing history on your device. To clear that data, on your device, go to Microsoft Edge > More > Settings.

When you use InPrivate tabs or windows, your browsing data (like your history, temporary internet files, and cookies) isn’t saved on your device once you’re done. Learn more about InPrivate Browsing

View and clear browsing history

Search history

Like other search engines, Bing uses your search history to give you better results, including personalization and autosuggest. Cortana also uses that data to give you timely, intelligent answers, personalized suggestions, and complete other tasks for you.

View and change your search settings

Learn more about InPrivate Browsing

View and clear search history

Location activity

To give you directions to the places you want to go, and show you data relevant to where you are, we use locations that you provide or that we’ve detected using technologies like GPS.

Learn more about changing the location settings on your Windows device

View and clear location activity

Voice activity

When you use voice commands with Windows, Cortana, and other cloud-based, voice-enabled products and services from Microsoft, we will collect and store your audio recordings so that we can enhance your experience with better speech recognition and other personalized speech experiences. Microsoft uses your voice command data to improve the ability of its products and services to correctly recognize your pronunciation and speech patterns.

View and clear voice activity

Media activity

When you watch movies or TV on a Microsoft app or service, we collect data about your media activity so that we can provide you with more relevant recommendations for entertainment and content.

View and clear media activity

Product and service activity

When you use a Microsoft product or service, we may save data about your activity to your Microsoft account – such as info about which apps or services you use and how you use them. This info helps improve our products and make them work better for you.

View and clear Apps and services activity

Product and service performance

When you use a Microsoft product or service, we collect reliability and performance data to measure the quality of your experience. This data tells us about the health of these products and services and helps us fix and improve them.

Clear product and service performance data

Cortana’s Notebook

To help you avoid traffic, remember anniversaries, text the right “Jennifer” in your contact list, and in general do more, Cortana needs to know what you’re interested in, what’s on your calendar, and who you might want to do things with. The Notebook is where Cortana keeps track of your interests to give you a personalized experience. When you don’t want to reach for a keyboard, Cortana can use your speech and to help translate what you say or write into documents and text messages. On the dashboard, you can manage some of your Cortana preferences in the cloud, please visit the Cortana Notebook available within your Cortana App to view more information.

Edit Cortana data


When you connect your Microsoft and LinkedIn accounts, Microsoft shares some of your account data with LinkedIn, such as calendar and contact data. Likewise, LinkedIn shares some of your account data with Microsoft, such as profile and connections data. Find out how to connect and disconnect Microsoft and LinkedIn accounts and manage shared data.

View LinkedIn connection settings

Health activity

Microsoft HealthVault can help you collect, understand, and manage your health data. Your data can include activity and fitness data like heart rate and daily steps taken. It can also include any health records you store in HealthVault. HealthVault also gives you the ability to share health records with caregivers.


Other privacy settings


Change any of your privacy settings on your Windows 10 device by going to Start > Settings > Privacy .

Privacy settings in Windows 10

Apps and services

Manage the apps and services that are allowed to access your data.

Apps and services that can access your data


Adjust your Xbox privacy settings either on your console or by signing in to

Xbox privacy and online safety


View your privacy settings in any Office program by going to File > Options > Trust Center. In free Office apps, go to Settings > Trust Center.

Settings in Trust Center


Edit who can see your profile in Skype and other privacy settings by signing in to your account at

Skype settings

Advertising preferences

Choose whether you would like to see interest-based advertising.

Ad settings

Promotional communications

If you have a Microsoft account, you can sign in and manage your promotional communications settings on the Contact info page.

If you don’t have a Microsoft account, you can request a link to manage your promotional communication settings

Other Microsoft products

Learn how to view and manage your data in some of our other products and services.

Privacy info for Microsoft products

Contact our privacy team

If you’re not able to find what you’re looking for, or you have a privacy question or concern—contact our privacy team.