14 Oct Dutch DPA Says Windows 10 Violates User’s Privacy
In a post on its website yesterday, the Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens said that Microsoft’s Windows 10 had breached local privacy laws by collecting personal data by default.
Data including URLs of websites visited when using the Edge browser, as well as detailed app usage information is sent back to Microsoft by default. If a user fails to opt out, the data will be used to personalize ads for the user.
The Dutch data protection authority found that Microsoft had committed multiple breaches of the data protection law after studying various versions of the OS which included the Home and Pro versions. The DPA says that it can impose a financial penalty on the the software maker if it does not put an end to the said privacy violations.