Microsoft explained Surface Duo’s privacy settings.

Microsoft has simplified windows 10’s data phone settings after complaints. But the newly released Surface Duo dual-screen Android smartphone has a similar behavior. Surface Duo, which is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. on September 10, microsoft sees it as a productivity device, starting at $1,399. With custom-designed hinges, two PixelSense screens can be flipped at 360 degrees.

Microsoft explained Surface Duo's privacy settings.

As an Android device, Surface Duo offers all of Google’s services, including the Play Store, Gmail, Maps, YouTube, Calendar, Google Assistant Voice Assistant, and more.

On top of that, Microsoft has built a customized experience for Surface Duo, including simplified privacy settings that allow users to learn about the data they track and collect in one place.

The software giant has made it clear that the Surface Duo system will provide separate privacy settings for both Microsoft and Google.

Microsoft explained Surface Duo's privacy settings.

As shown in the image above, if a user wants to change Microsoft’s privacy settings, go to the Settings – Microsoft Privacy page. Like Windows 10, Surface Duo wants to collect underlying diagnostic data to identify problems, improve performance, and improve security.

These diagnostic data generates anonymous telemetry data and is regularly uploaded to Microsoft, which promises not to include the user’s personal information. Based on this, Microsoft is able to improve related products and services, such as Your Phone applications.

Microsoft also offers two types of diagnostic data, including required items and options. The former covers basic information about the device, including how it is configured, settings, on/off functionality, and whether the operating system or application is functioning properly.

The full list includes manufacturers, processor types, memory properties, settings and configurations, network and peripheral data, underlying error reports (application installation/application or service health), operating system versions and installed updates, and applications and drivers.

Microsoft explained Surface Duo's privacy settings.

Diagnostic data that can be sent to Microsoft, including more details about the device. Surface Duo is not collected by default unless checked manually.

The complete list of optional diagnostic data includes all the necessary diagnostic data, app activity (background/foreware app performance), Edge browser activity (search history and entries), enhanced error reports (which may inadvertently contain files that were being browsed at the time of the crash), and data that users troubleshoot for the latest performance issues or updates.

Of course, microsoft is committed to keeping devices and data safe and up running even if users tick the diagnostic data that is optionally uploaded.