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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The MS way
by JLF65 on Sat 14th Oct 2017 16:29 UTC
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The want to end the violations... by changing the law so they aren't violating it anymore. Thus solving the problem, once and for all!

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RE: The MS way
by leech on Sat 14th Oct 2017 17:14 in reply to "The MS way"
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Pretty much can be said about any of the mega corporations now. MS definitely lead the way for others to do the same though.

I was listening to a podcast / interview with a guy who had worked at Atari from 1982-1998. What he said about why Atari failed when going up to Nintendo was pretty much the same tactics MS has been using for years to make sure Windows was dominant.

Nintendo would tell stores that if they didn't reserve a specific amount of shelf space for them, they couldn't carry their product. And bonus to the stores if they didn't carry the product of competitors. How this was never a huge lawsuit, I'll never know. Not sure who pioneered this completely anti-competitive behavior, but it's the same reason the Sega Master System (arguably a much better platform from the hardware perspective) to fail in comparison. Though a lot of this fault lies with Atari when they decided to try to sell their own console (7800) which was two years late, instead of just distributing Nintendo's NES. Now they're making hats with speakers built in... so there is that.

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RE[2]: The MS way
by Kochise on Mon 16th Oct 2017 08:46 in reply to "RE: The MS way"
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Link to that podcast ?

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