France’s data protection commission has ordered Microsoft to “stop collecting excessive user data” and to stop tracking the web browsing of Windows 10 users without their consent. In a notice published on Wednesday, the CNIL said that Microsoft must also take steps to guarantee “the security and confidentiality” of its users’ personal information, after determining that the company was still transferring data to the US under the “Safe Harbor” agreement that an EU court invalidated in October. Microsoft has three months to comply with the orders, the CNIL said.
I was reminded of just how much stuff Microsoft tries to collect earlier today – I had to reinstall Windows on my workstation because my SSD had mysteriously died yesterday, and the number of things you have to turn off is just crazy.
This is partly why Windows 7 is the very last version of Windows I shall ever have. It’s also why record numbers of users have switched back to Windows 7.