Microsoft relaxes telemetry rule for PCs managed with Windows Update for Business

Microsoft has quietly relaxed a rule that prevented privacy-first organizations from managing the Windows Update for Business (WUfB) service using group policies.

With Windows 10 1903, aka “Windows 10 May 2019 Update,” which debuted in late May, organizations no longer are required to set the “diagnostic data level” for their devices to “Basic” or higher.

That diagnostic data level is a multi-step categorization of what Microsoft pulls from Windows devices and sends to its own servers. Also dubbed “telemetry,” the data harvesting is used by Microsoft for a range of tasks, notably deciding when a specific PC receives a feature upgrade.

Customers can set the diagnostic data level to one of four settings: Security, Basic, Enhanced and Full, each collecting and transmitting more information than the one before.

(For more information on data diagnostic levels, and configuring them in an organization, refer to this support document.)

Prior to Windows 10 1909, devices managed by WUfB – the spin-off of the consumer-grade Windows Update – had to be set at Basic or above, meaning Basic, Enhanced or Full. Those that were not could not be managed using WUfB-related policies. That rule barred organizations relying on WUfB from applying the Security level.

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