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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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Microsoft to Increase Skype Group Members to 50

These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later.

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Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group. Pixabay

Software giant Microsoft is planning to increase the maximum number of people who could be part of a Skype group call from 25 to 50 members.

With this update, Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience, Engadget reported on Friday.

Keeping the call ringing feature completely optional, Skype Version 8.41.76.55 would notify users of an incoming call by just sending a notification on the group.

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Skype is also enabling the audio and video buttons in larger groups to let users easily mute their microphones or turn their webcams on or off as per their convenience. Wikimedia

“When you start a call in groups, it will send a notification instead of ringing all the members, to not interrupt those who can’t join,” the company wrote in a blog-post.

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These features have been made available for beta testers on all platforms and are likely roll out more broadly later. (IANS)