European Union Questions Wndows 10 Data Collecting Policy Anew; Microsoft Responds By Prepping Creators Update

23 February 2017, 12:38 am EST By Regin Olimberio Mobile & Apps

A year has lapsed since privacy advocates from European Union wrote to Microsoft about Windows 10 gathering data from users but the watchdog is still unhappy about the tech giant's response. EU's Article 29 Working Party said that Microsoft failed to inform users about the nature of data gathering and where they will be utilized.

To recall, Windows 10 has already introduced several measures to notify users about the data they extract. These include an optional switch to limit data processing, but EU claims that it is still inefficient in explaining the nature of its operation. As a repercussion, EU penned another notice to Microsoft's chief privacy officer Brendon Lynch and CEO Satya Nadella.

EU explained that on instances when users switch data collection option from "full" to "basic," there is a false sense of control because Microsoft didn't enumerate the difference between the two. Meaning, there is no clear definition of full data collection in contrast to basic data. The current version of Windows 10 privacy policy is also not privy about the matter.

EU further lambasts Microsoft for allegedly misguiding the users. They claimed that even with consent, it can't be deemed valid if users are not completely informed, PC World reported.

As a response, Microsoft announced that they will change the privacy settings of Windows 10. Microsoft's official blog announced that they will carry the changes in the next Creators Update which intends to roll out soon.

Microsoft said that Windows 10 is continually evolving to become the most secured operating system. It also stressed that the ethos behind the company is trust, referring to users who entrust their data to servers.

The Article 29 Working Party can't actually sanction Microsoft due to its lack of penal powers. However, they serve as watchdogs and they tap several media outfits to educate the public about potential security threats. They can also send recommendations to other EU entities to take action or set an investigation.

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