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DATA PROTECTION: Microsoft found to be in breach of Dutch data protection law

The Dutch Data Protection Authority (‘DP Authority’) launched an investigation into Microsoft’s data processing made via its Windows 10 operating system. The DP Authority published its report1 on 13 October 2017, which found that Microsoft breaches the Dutch Data Protection Act (‘DDPA’) when processing the telemetry data of Windows 10 users. The report’s conclusion signifies the importance of default settings in the context of software updates and user consent requirements for cross-border data collection.

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