Recent concessions by Microsoft in the data its Windows 10 "phones home" to company servers won cautious praise from one critic this week.

"The changes were very welcome from our perspective," said Maul Kalia, legal intake coordinator at the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) in an interview Wednesday. "They were definitely needed."

Kalia was referring to the announcement Tuesday that Microsoft would soon reduce the amount of diagnostic data collected from Windows 10 under an optional setting, and immediately launch an online portal where customers can lock in privacy settings.

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