Intel GPU driver will now collect telemetry data by default

Published: Aug 7th 2023, 09:09 GMT   Comments

Intel will now collect telemetry data by default

As highlighted by TechPowerUP, the latest Intel GPU driver includes a new component that is automatically selected during installation. This new component is called the Compute Improvement Program, and it is designed to gather certain data for Intel, such as categories of websites visited by users (excluding specific URLs) and how they utilize their computers. Intel will also collect information on system hardware specs, regional information and manufacturers of devices, including those which are close by such as Smart TVs.

For users who prioritize their privacy and harbor concerns about Intel or their partners handling their data confidentially, there is an option to easily opt out of the program. They can simply deselect this feature during the driver installation process. However, unlike the AMD driver, which explicitly asks users about data collection during installation, the Intel driver’s opt-out process may not be as straightforward.

Intel Computing Improvement Program, Source: TechPowerUP/Intel

Worth adding that TechPowerUP has a special tool that removes telemetry data from NVIDIA drivers called NVCleanstall. This tool allows users to remove packages from the driver such as Stereo 3D Glasses, USB-C, Telemetry, or Notebook Optimizations. In the case of Intel driver, this tool may not be necessary because all components can easily be deselected during installation. However, this option is not chosen by default.

Still, both Intel and AMD drivers maintain an advantage over NVIDIA’s GPU drivers by not requiring a login for their main application, unlike GeForce Experience. However, it is evident that all GPU vendors are diligently investing in their GPU software, either through timely driver updates or the introduction of innovative graphics and streaming enhancing features.

GPU drivers have evolved beyond simple drivers and now encompass sophisticated tools for game, image, and video optimizations, upscaling control, and even overclocking capabilities. To stay competitive in this rapidly evolving market, these companies may find it necessary to engage in some data collection efforts.

Source: Intel, TechPowerUP

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