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.