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Windows 10 privacy settings that apps use

Windows provides a wealth of data access to make apps useful and valuable to you. These capabilities, which are security constructs that gate access to personal data, include things like Calendar, Contacts, Call History, and more. Each capability has its own privacy settings page so that you can control it and what apps and services can use that capability.

To control which apps can use each capability

  1. Go to Start , then select Settings > Privacy > [Capability].
  2. Choose your preferred setting for Allow apps to use/access/read your [Capability].
  3. Under Choose which apps can use/access/control/read your [Capability], turn on or off individual apps and services settings.

Exceptions to the privacy settings

Desktop apps won’t appear in your Choose which apps can use/access/control/read your [Capability] lists and are not affected by the Allow apps to use/access/read your [Capability] setting. To allow or block desktop apps, use the settings in those applications.


How can you tell if an app is a desktop app? Desktop apps are usually downloaded from the Internet or installed with some type of media (such as a CD, DVD, or USB storage device). They’re launched using an .EXE or .DLL file, and they typically run on your device unlike web-based apps (which run in the cloud). You can also find desktop apps in Microsoft Store.