Data Collection Policy


Data Collection Policy

Microsoft Error Reporting asks users to send error report data to Microsoft via the Internet. This Web page explains the nature of the data, why it is collected, and what is done with it.

Why error data is collected

Error report data is used to find and fix problems in the software you use. It is not used for marketing purposes.

What data is collected

To fix problems in the software you use, we need information about what the software was doing when it experienced the problem, and about your machine configuration. For a description of the categories of data we collect, see the section below called Types of Data.

When collecting information, it is possible for personal or confidential information to be present in the report. For instance, a snapshot of memory may include your name, part of a document you were working on, or data you recently submitted to a Web site. It is also possible for personal information to be included in a log file, a portion of the registry, or other product specific files needed to determine the cause of the problem. If you are concerned that the report may contain personal or confidential information, please do not send the report.

You may be asked to answer a survey after sending an error report. Responding to the survey is optional. If you send an error report without sending survey information, your error report remains anonymous. If you choose to provide a phone number or email address then we may contact you to ask for additional data that will help us solve a problem.

In some cases you may also be presented with an opportunity to track your error report. If you choose to track an error your report is no longer anonymous and will be associated with your email address.

How data is stored

When you submit an error report, we protect it through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol. When we receive an error report, we use a variety of security technologies and procedures to help protect your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. For example, we store the error reports you provide on computer servers with limited access.

Who has access to error report data

Microsoft employees, contractors and vendors who have a business need to use the error report data are provided access. If the error report indicates that a third-party product is involved, Microsoft may send the data to the vendor of that product, who may in turn send the data to sub-vendors and partners.

Types of Data

The Microsoft Error Reporting service is integrated into a large number of Microsoft products and is used to report a wide variety of errors. This section presents many of the potential pieces of data that may be collected as part of the error report, but is not an exhaustive list. The type of data and amount of data we request is dependent on the severity of the error and relevance of the data to troubleshooting the problem.

Recent Actions

Data about recent actions taken by you or the software application, such as:

Data related to your network connections, such as:

Data about your physical machine, such as:

Names, versions and copies of actual files, such as:

Data contained in specific segments of memory, such as:

Data about the configuration and settings of software on your machine, such as:


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