Prevent Cortana from collecting email and contact data in Windows 10

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Prevent Cortana from collecting email and contact data in Windows 10


The Windows Cortana wizard collects certain personal data of users such as emails or contacts to improve its operation avoid it

One of the big problems that Microsoft has faced over the last few years with respect to the Windows 10 operating system, has been all that related with the privacy of its users, specifically with the data that the firm collects from the use of the software.

known as telemetry , an aspect that, by the way, the firm has been improving over time, leaving its own clients to personalize it. Well, in these lines we will show you how to go one step further in all this, since we will explain how to disable the Cortana assistant so that it does not collect emails, contacts and data from calendars in Windows 10 .

It is true that over time Cortana has become a good personal assistant to launch applications , perform searches, schedule appointments , take notes, etc. However, on many occasions it also collects a lot of personal data to help us in the experience and to improve its own functioning. To say that among those personal data that it collects, the contacts that we have added to the system, the emails that we receive, or the data that we enter in the calendar are included .

So, in case we don't want this to happen, we can simply avoid it as follows. What we are going to do is disable Cortana to collect this mentioned information through the Configuration function of Windows 10 by performing these simple steps.

Yes, once this is done it will also stop offering suggestions , although we can always re-enable it later. It should also be known that once these permissions are deactivated, we will not delete the information already collected.

Disable Cortana for the collection of certain personal data in Windows 10

The first thing we do is to access the Operating System Configuration function, for example through the keyboard shortcut "Windows + I". Here we find a section called “Cortana”, which is what we click on in this case and where we find several sections located on the left side of the new window , although in this case we are interested in selecting the called “Permissions and history”.

Here we can already see a link that says “Manage the information that Cortana can access from this device ”on the right side, which is precisely what we need to access. Finally, in this window we will see a button associated to the aforementioned calendar , contacts, email and communications history, something that by default comes activated by default and therefore Cortana can collect all this data; We turn off that button and that's it.

It is worth mentioning that from this same section we also have the possibility to allow, or not, Cortana to access the browsing history and the location of the device we work with.

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