What you need to know
- The Dutch Data Protection Agency requested that the Irish Data Protection Commission looks into how Windows 10 gathers data.
- The Irish Data Protection Commission confirmed that they are "liaising with the Dutch DPA to further this matter."
- It was concluded in 2017 by the Dutch DPA that Windows 10 breached privacy laws.
The Dutch Data Protection Agency (DPA) has requested that the Irish Data Protection Commission (DPC) look into privacy concerns regarding how Windows 10 collects user data. The DPC is the lead EU privacy regulator for Microsoft because Microsoft's regional headquarters are in Ireland. The DPC confirmed that they are "liaising with the Dutch DPA to further this matter" to TechCrunch.
In 2017, the Dutch DPA determined that Windows 10 was in violation of local privacy laws. Following this, Microsoft made several changes to how Windows 10 asks users about data collection. Testing these changes that took effect in April is what led the Dutch DPA to have new concerns. The agency discovered what it calls "new, potentially unlawful, instances of personal data processing" in a press release.
Because Microsoft's headquarters are in Ireland, which requires GDPR compliance, the lead privacy regulator that covers Microsoft is the Irish DPC. A spokesperson from the Irish DPC told TechCrunch that the DPC is looking into the concern.
A Microsoft spokesperson released a statement to TechCrunch as well.
One of the concerns raised by the Dutch DPA is if it's necessary for Microsoft to collect non-diagnostic data.
Potential penalties for violating GDPR can be up to 4 percent of a company's annual global turnover. Though, it will likely be an extended period of time before the DPC makes any official decisions.
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