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Microsoft Working on a Project To Give Users More Data Control

There is a page for Bali where early testers can enter a code to access the project and people without a code can request one, the report added

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Microsoft is reportedly working on a project that will give its users more control over their personal data.

According to a report in ZDNet, the project, codenamed “Bali” and currently in the testing phase, would give users the ability to control data collected about them.

“The ‘personal data bank’ project is a Microsoft Research incubation effort and seems to be in private testing at this stage,” said the report on Thursady.

The test feature was spotted by a Twitter user that goes by the name “Longhorn” who described “Bali” as “a project that can delete all your connection and account information (inverse privacy project)”.

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“Inverse Privacy” was the subject of a paper authored in 2014 by Yuri Gurevich, Efim Hudis and Jeannette Wing, who all worked for Microsoft Research at that time, claimed the report.

Microsoft is yet to comment on the report.

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There is a page for Bali where early testers can enter a code to access the project and people without a code can request one, the report added.

The “About” page describes the project as a “new personal data bank which puts users in control of all data collected about them… The bank will enable users to store all data (raw and inferred) generated by them. It will allow the user to visualize, manage, control, share and monetize the data”. (IANS)

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“With the Windows 10 Mobile OS end of support, we recommend that customers move to a supported Android or iOS device. Microsoft’s mission statement to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more, compels us to support our Mobile apps on those platforms and devices,” the company wrote in the support page late on Friday.

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Back in 2017, the New York City Police Department (NYPD) reportedly scrapped as many as 36,000 Windows phones and replaced them with iPhones after previous acknowledgment that Microsoft mobile support would be ending. (IANS)