Spawn

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Do you agree or disagree with the following:

Unless you are using the Microsoft Store to download Apps, then these "App permissions" settings in Windows 10 Privacy are practically useless.

Here's why - https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4468234/windows-10-desktop-apps-and-privacy
there are no steps you can take to ensure desktop apps do not access personal data without your awareness unless you choose not to install or use the app.

Does Microsoft have a future with App permissions?

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Find out more - https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/10557/windows-10-app-permissions
 

Jan Willy

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Do you agree or disagree with the following:

Unless you are using the Microsoft Store to download Apps, then these "App permissions" settings in Windows 10 Privacy are practically useless.

Here's why - https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/4468234/windows-10-desktop-apps-and-privacy


Does Microsoft have a future with App permissions?

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Find out more - https://support.microsoft.com/en-gb/help/10557/windows-10-app-permissions
A relevant quote from the first site you linked to:
Please read the privacy policies of any desktop app you install to learn more about how they might use personal data stored on your device. You should also check if the desktop apps you have installed have provided their own options to control access to personal data. To further reduce the risk that an app or service can access personal data when a privacy setting is off, you should only install apps and services from trusted sources.
 

upnorth

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I'm very sparse with what apps I use on Windows, but this was good to know. (y)

Some positive is that since I personal use a local account, the Account info is a bit hard to retrieve for any apps. Bluetooth, NFC and Biometrics, I don't even have on my desktop PC. The phone app and Skype is not installed etc. Seems most of this access is for laptops.
 

Spawn

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A relevant quote from the first site you linked to:
Please read the privacy policies of any desktop app you install to learn more about how they might use personal data stored on your device. You should also check if the desktop apps you have installed have provided their own options to control access to personal data. To further reduce the risk that an app or service can access personal data when a privacy setting is off, you should only install apps and services from trusted sources.
A very small percentage actually read Privacy Policies, so in practical terms that advice is basically useless. Desktop apps mostly do not have options to control what data they have access to, because they're not Store / UWP apps that require user permissions.

Microsoft offer ZERO protection when it comes to Win32 Apps, the User is responsible. And you can see with MRA that people are careless or not fully aware of the risks when using a desktop OS such as Windows 10.
 

security123

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Do you agree or disagree with the following:

Unless you are using the Microsoft Store to download Apps, then these "App permissions" settings in Windows 10 Privacy are practically useless.

Sadly, yes.

Does Microsoft have a future with App permissions?
I hope so. App permissions are the right way and no other desktop OS provide that yet.
 
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