Telemetry and data collection

Microsoft Edge gathers diagnostic data, intranet history, internet history, tracking information of sites visited, and Live Tile metadata. You can configure Microsoft Edge to collect all or none of this information.

You can find the Microsoft Edge Group Policy settings in the following location of the Group Policy Editor unless otherwise noted in the policy:

      Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Microsoft Edge\

Allow extended telemetry for the Books tab

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1803 or later
Default setting: Disabled or not configured (Gather and send only basic diagnostic data)

By default, and depending on the device configuration, Microsoft Edge gathers basic diagnostic data about the books in the Books Library and sends it to Microsoft. Enabling this policy gathers and sends both basic and additional diagnostic data, such as usage data.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled or not configured
(default)
0 0 Gather and send only basic diagnostic data. Most restricted value
Enabled 1 1 Gather all diagnostic data. For this policy to work correctly, you must set the diagnostic data in Settings > Diagnostics & feedback to Full.

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Allow extended telemetry for the Books tab
  • GP name: EnableExtendedBooksTelemetry
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

  • MDM name: Browser/EnableExtendedBooksTelemetry
  • Supported devices: Desktop and Mobile
  • URI full path: ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/EnableExtendedBooksTelemetry
  • Data type: Integer

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\BooksLibrary
  • Value name: EnableExtendedBooksTelemetry
  • Value type: REG_DWORD

Configure collection of browsing data for Microsoft 365 Analytics

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1809
Default setting: Disabled or not configured (No data collected or sent)

Microsoft Edge does not send browsing history data to Microsoft 365 Analytics by default. With this policy though, you can configure Microsoft Edge to send intranet history only, internet history only, or both to Microsoft 365 Analytics for enterprise devices with a configured Commercial ID.

Important

For this policy to work, enable the Allow Telemetry group policy with the Enhanced option and enable the Configure the Commercial ID group policy by providing the Commercial ID.

You can find these policies in the following location of the Group Policy Editor:

Computer Configuration\Administrative Templates\Windows Components\Data Collection and Preview Builds\

  • Allow Telemetry = Enabled and set to Enhanced
  • Configure the Commercial ID = String of the Commercial ID
  • Configure collection of browsing data for Microsoft 365 Analytics = Enabled

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled or not configured
(default)
0 0 No data collected or sent Most restricted value
Enabled 1 1 Send intranet history only
Enabled 2 2 Send Internet history only
Enabled 3 3 Send both intranet and Internet history

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Configure collection of browsing data for Microsoft 365 Analytics
  • GP name: ConfigureTelemetryForMicrosoft365Analytics
  • GP element: ZonesListBox
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\DataCollection
  • Value name: MicrosoftEdgeDataOptIn
  • Value type: REG_DWORD
  • Allow Telemetry: Allows Microsoft to run diagnostics on the device and troubleshoot. The default setting for Allow Telemetry is set to Enhanced (2 for MDM).

  • Configure the Commercial ID: Define the Commercial ID used to associate the device's telemetry data as belonging to a given organization.


Configure Do Not Track

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10
Default setting: Not configured (Do not send tracking information)

Microsoft Edge does not send ‘Do Not Track’ requests to websites asking for tracking information, but users can choose to send tracking information to sites they visit. With this policy, you can configure Microsoft Edge to send or never send tracking information.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Not configured
(default)
Blank Blank Do not send tracking information but let users choose to send tracking information to sites they visit.
Disabled 0 0 Never send tracking information.
Enabled 1 1 Send tracking information. Most restricted value

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Configure Do Not Track
  • GP name: AllowDoNotTrack
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

  • MDM name: Browser/AllowDoNotTrack
  • Supported devices: Desktop and Mobile
  • URI full path: ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/AllowDoNotTrack
  • Data type: Integer

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\Software\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main
  • Value name: DoNotTrack
  • Value type: REG_DWORD

Prevent Microsoft Edge from gathering Live Tile information when pinning a site to Start

Supported versions: Microsoft Edge on Windows 10, version 1703 or later
Default setting: Disabled or not configured (Collect and send)

By default, Microsoft Edge collects the Live Tile metadata and sends it to Microsoft to help provide users a complete experience when they pin Live Tiles to the Start menu. However, with this policy, you can configure Microsoft Edge to prevent Microsoft from collecting Live Tile metadata, providing users with a limited experience.

Supported values

Group Policy MDM Registry Description Most restricted
Disabled or not configured
(default)
0 0 Collect and send Live Tile metadata.
Enabled 1 1 Do not collect data. Most restricted value

ADMX info and settings

ADMX info

  • GP English name: Prevent Microsoft Edge from gathering Live Tile information when pinning a site to Start
  • GP name: PreventLiveTileDataCollection
  • GP path: Windows Components/Microsoft Edge
  • GP ADMX file name: MicrosoftEdge.admx

MDM settings

  • MDM name: Browser/PreventLiveTileDataCollection
  • Supported devices: Desktop and Mobile
  • URI full path: ./Vendor/MSFT/Policy/Config/Browser/PreventLiveTileDataCollection
  • Data type: Integer

Registry settings

  • Path: HKLM\SOFTWARE\Policies\Microsoft\MicrosoftEdge\Main
  • Value name: PreventLiveTileDataCollection
  • Value type: REG_DWORD