Dutch DPA says Windows 10 breaches privacy laws

14 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Becky Perry
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The key feature that is anticipated in the new app is its "Continue on PC" option that will enable users to send web pages to a PC, restore earlier pages and also resume from the last page. On the Windows Home and Pro versions there's no way to completely turn-off the telemetry system. The Dutch agency has issues with basic and full telemetry, the purposes of telemetry, and consent for telemetry in Windows 10. "That results in an intrusive profile of yourself", according to Wilbert Tomesen, vice-chairman of the Dutch DPA.

Although collection of data is a generally unpopular practice from a consumer standpoint, Microsoft does have valid uses and benefits from collecting extensive metadata.

Microsoft Launcher has a feed which is accessible from the right swipe and it shows top news, important events, recent activities, photos and most frequently used apps. If this is not the case, the Dutch DPA can decide to impose a sanction on Microsoft.

People can not provide valid consent for the processing of their personal data, because of the approach used by Microsoft. The Microsoft Edge browser is now available for Android users. If you use the Microsoft Edge browser on your PC and install the Edge preview for Android, your favorites and reading list will by synced across all your devices. The collection of the full telemetry data is thus more unpredictable.

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The Dutch DPA exemplified the fact that Microsoft collects data about which news articles users read in the Edge browser, without making them aware that this data is being collected. In other words, Microsoft's telemetry settings are set at the default level upon installation of Windows 10, and that also means that personalized advertisements and recommendations are sprinkled throughout the operating system.

The Dutch DPA also states that while Microsoft has taken additional steps to improve transparency on its data collection in Windows 10 - thanks to the Creators Update - it still falls short of providing specifics that could give customers a clearer picture of how their data is being used.

According to the Dutch DPA, Microsoft has already said that it intends to stop all of these violations of the European Union data protection law.

In this regard, the security of the OS is not particularly relevant and the report found that there was no significant difference between users on an open platform like Windows 10 and closed platforms like Windows 10 S or Chrome OS.

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