Computers have come a long way since the days of Pong and DOS – they can now do many of the same things our phones can. With the right setup of services, that includes making calls and keeping a record of it. That means your call history – a feature that allows apps to see who you’ve been talking to.
While it can be useful to allow apps like Cortana access to this if you use her regularly, you don’t have to allow it, and you can turn it off if you want. To do so, open your Privacy settings by tapping the Windows key and typing “Privacy”, then pressing Enter.
Scroll down on the left until you come across an option labelled Call history. Click on it and you’ll see your options. The first allows you to turn off access to the call history on the entire computer if you are an administrator. If this option is disabled, that means you won’t be able to allow apps to access call history at all, nor will other users on the same machine.
The options you’ll most likely want are below that one. First, there is one that lets you disable access to your call history for all apps, then there is one where you can set restrictions for individual apps. You can turn it on or off for each app as you like.
Tip: It’s important to know that what you turn off here isn’t the call history itself – your calls will still be logged, All you are doing is preventing apps from ‘seeing’ said call history and using it for any reason.