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Opting out of usage data collection

Heidi Steen|Last Updated: 12/15/2016

By default, telemetry data is collected during your usage of Microsoft R Server and R Client for the purpose of improving products and services. Anonymous usage data includes device information, operating system version, regional and language settings, and errors reports. Please see the Microsoft privacy statement for a detailed explanation.

To turn data collection off, use the RevoScaleR package function rxPrivacyControl(FALSE). To turn it back on, change the setting to TRUE.

Permission Requirements

If you are running R as administrator, the command rxPrivacyControl(TRUE) will permanently change the setting to TRUE, and rxPrivacyControl(FALSE) will permanently change the setting to FALSE. There is no user-facing way to change the setting for a single session.

Without a parameter, running rxPrivacyControl() returns the current setting. Similarly, if you are not an administrator, rxPrivacyControl() returns just the current setting.

How to opt out

The RevoScaleR package providing rxPrivacyControl is installed and loaded in both R Client and R Server. To turn off telemetry data collection, you can use any R console application. The following steps include Rgui.exe which is available in all installations of R Server and R Client.

  1. Log in to the computer as an administrator.
  2. Go to C:\Program Files\Microsoft\R Server\R_SERVER\bin\x64.
  3. Right-click Rgui.exe and select Run as administrator.
  4. At the command line, type search() to view a list of objects already loaded. You should see the RevoScaleR package in the list.
  5. Type rxPrivacyControl to return the current value.
  6. Type rxPrivacyControl(FALSE)to turn off telemetry data collection.

The rxPrivacyControl command sets the state to be opted-in or out for anonymous usage collection.

Command syntax


This command takes one parameter, optIn, set to either ‘TRUE’ or ‘FALSE’ to opt out. Left unspecified, the current setting is returned.

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