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Dutch DPA says Windows 10 breaches privacy laws


On Friday, DPA said that they conducted a thorough investigation of Microsoft Windows 10 Home and Pro operating systems, and found that the users are not clearly informed "about the type of data it uses, and for which objective". DPA Vice-Chairman Wilbert Tomesen expresses that it is hard for users to know the extent of personal data being shared creating "an intrusive profile" of individuals using the operating system. What that means is that you will now be able to download and use the Edge browser on your Android phone; something that was not possible before now.

According to the Dutch data protection authority, Windows 10 is in violation of local privacy laws concerning the use of automated data collection.

The DPA issued a lengthy release about the matter, in which it is explained that there are almost 4 million active Windows 10 devices with Windows 10 Home and Pro in the Netherlands. Your browser and data will be synced, allowing you to continue where you left off from in any of your device. The DPA is lead to believe that this telemetry data "take pictures" of the way Windows 10 users behave in the OS, creating an "intrusive profile". The way Microsoft collects data at the full telemetry level is unpredictable. With telemetry Microsoft - as it were - takes pictures of the behavior of Windows users, and continuously sends these pictures to itself.

"Due to Microsoft's approach users lack control of their data", claims the DPA. Microsoft does not clearly inform users about the type of data it uses, and for which goal.




A few days ago, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Edge browser for Android and iOS but it was only available for Windows Insiders until now.

"This year we have released a new privacy dashboard and several new privacy features to provide clear choices to our customers and easy-to-use tools in Windows 10".

"We welcome the opportunity to continue to work with the Dutch DPA on their comments related to Windows 10 Home and Pro, and we will continue to cooperate with the DPA to find appropriate solutions", the Windows maker said in a blog post. Facebook used to do something similar by making users' posts more public nearly every time it updated its privacy policy.

Microsoft offers users an overview of the categories of data that it collects through basic telemetry, but only informs people in a general way, with examples, about the categories of personal data it collects through full telemetry.

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