Speech, inking, typing, and privacy

To improve your device’s ability to correctly recognize your pronunciation and handwriting, Microsoft collects speech, inking, and typing information when you interact with your Windows device by speaking, writing, or typing. If you’ve allowed Cortana to do so, Microsoft also collects information about your Calendar and People (also known as contacts) to help personalize your experience and helps Cortana better recognize people, events, places, and music when you dictate messages or documents.

Whenever we collect data, even when it’s to make your device work better for you, we want to make sure you have all the information to make the right choices about how and when that data is used. That’s why we provide the info and controls described on this page.

To use voice input in Cortana, Getting to know you (the privacy setting for Speech, inking, and typing) must be turned on. This is because Cortana and speech services exist both in the cloud and on your device. And the info Microsoft collects from these services in turn helps to improve them. Speech services that don’t rely on the cloud and only live on your device, like Narrator and Windows Speech Recognition, will still work when this setting is turned off; but Microsoft won’t collect any speech data without your consent.

How to control data for Speech, inking, and typing

To stop letting Microsoft use your typing and handwriting info to improve typing and writing services:

  1. Go to Start  windows logo , then select Settings > Privacy > General.
  2. Turn off Send Microsoft info about how I write to help us improve typing and writing in the future.

To stop collection of speech, inking, and typing info, and to clear data stored on the device:

  1. Go to Start  windows logo , then select Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing.
  2. Select Stop getting to know me. This clears the data on your device and stops speech, inking, and typing services from collecting new data.

To clear speech, inking, and typing info stored in the cloud:

  1. Go to Start windows logo , then select Settings > Privacy > Speech, inking, & typing.
  2. Select the link Go to Bing and manage personal info for all your devices.
  3. Under Other Cortana Data and Personalized Speech, Inking and Typing, select Clear.