Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 14th Oct 2017 12:44 UTC

Microsoft breaches the Dutch data protection law by processing personal data of people that use the Windows 10 operating system on their computers. This is the conclusion of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) after its investigation of Windows 10 Home and Pro. Microsoft does not clearly inform users about the type of data it uses, and for which purpose. Also, people cannot provide valid consent for the processing of their personal data, because of the approach used by Microsoft. The company does not clearly inform users that it continuously collects personal data about the usage of apps and web surfing behaviour through its web browser Edge, when the default settings are used. Microsoft has indicated that it wants to end all violations. If this is not the case, the Dutch DPA can decide to impose a sanction on Microsoft.

Kind of weird how Microsoft is found to be breaking the law, but they don't get punished for it; only if they refuse to stop breaking the law will they be fined. Interesting.

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It’s easy. Just ban all sales of their products in the country until they prove that they have changed their code. AND force them to pay $10,000 (after taxes) to each person who’s data they took without permission.

I bet that would change their tactics pretty quickly.

PS: And no, “time served” crap. And no $10,000 worth of our products. It should be paid in cash with the company paying all taxes income taxes on top of the $10,000. I’m using $ but the equivalent in that country.

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