Windows 10: Microsoft uploads PC details without consent

Discus and support Microsoft uploads PC details without consent in AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security to solve the problem; I have a Microsoft account that I use with an Outlook 2016 client as well as in the Windows 10 Mail app but nothing else, i.e no Find My Device, no... Discussion in 'AntiVirus, Firewalls and System Security' started by KurtHazelback, Aug 8, 2019.

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    I have a Microsoft account that I use with an Outlook 2016 client as well as in the Windows 10 Mail app but nothing else, i.e no Find My Device, no sharing of content across devices, no store purchases, no Cortana nor anything else. I sign in to my Windows 10 PC using a local account and I have specifically selected the option ‘Apps need to ask me to use this account’ under account settings.


    Recently I signed in to my MS account in a browser and to my surprise there is a tab called Devices where a whole lot of information is listed about my PC, such as PC name, disks and partitions as well as their labels, space used and whether BitLocker is used or not. Obviously these details are incorrectly associated with the account. They can be deleted only to appear again after some time.


    I can see that this information may somehow be required when sharing content or perhaps when using a MS account to sign in locally. In my use case though, besides being an obvious security issue, it really seems like a pretty serious privacy breach as I have never given permissions for MS to upload these details to their servers. It also begs the question what other information is uploaded without my consent?


    I would appreciate if someone from Microsoft who is familiar with this could tell me what is going on here.


    Cheers

    :)
     
    KurtHazelback, Aug 8, 2019
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