EU data privacy watchdogs still concerned over Windows 10 OS settings

EU data privacy watchdogs still concerned over Windows 10 OS settings

EU data protection watchdogs are still concerned about the privacy settings of Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS, despite the American software giant announced numerous amendments to the installation process.

The watchdogs, a group comprised of the EU’s 28 authorities responsible for ensuring consumers’ data protection, last year expressed concerns about default installation settings of Microsoft’s Windows 10 OS.

The watchdogs also cited users’ apparent lack of control over Microsoft’s processing of their data. The American company made several changes, but failed to satisfy the watchdogs.

In a letter to Microsoft, the group wrote, “In light of the above, which are separate to the results of ongoing inquiries at a national level, even considering the proposed changes to Windows 10, the Working Party remains concerned about the level of protection of users’ personal data.”

The group underlined that Microsoft should make it clear what type of users’ personal information is collected and for which purposes.

Like any other tech giant, Microsoft collects different types of data for various purposes, including advertising. The company says it seeks users’ consent before collecting data, but EU authorities argue that users’ consent can’t be valid without proper information.

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