How does a sensor affect my privacy?

By default, when a sensor is enabled, all programs and users on your computer can access the information from that sensor. Windows notifies you when programs access information about your location by temporarily displaying the Location and Other Sensors icon Picture of the Location and Other Sensors icon in the notification area. Windows displays this icon the first time a program or a service accesses your computer's location from a sensor.

Some programs could potentially use personal information (such as your location) from sensors without permission. You can limit programs from accessing information from sensors by user account. For more information, see Change who can access information from a sensor. For information about enabling and disabling sensors, see Enable or disable a sensor.