Dutch DPA determines Microsoft’s Windows 10 violates Personal Data Protection Act

Following an investigation on Windows 10, the Dutch data protection authority, Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens, determined Microsoft is violating the Dutch Personal Data Protection Act by processing the personal data of individuals who have the operating system on their computer. The DPA claims Microsoft does not clearly inform users regarding the type of data it uses and for what purpose. The DPA also states users do not have the ability to provide valid consent for having their data processed, as the company collects browsing and app data automatically when users are on Microsoft’s Edge browser. Microsoft Windows and Devices Group Privacy Officer Marisa Rogers wrote the company plans to work with the Dutch DPA to ensure it is compliant with Dutch privacy law.

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