According to the agency, the US firm offers two tiers of telemetry - basic and full. Further, the agency claims that Microsoft makes it very hard for the users to approve their personal data for processing. Also, it is switched on by default that Microsoft may use the telemetry data to show personalised advertisements and recommendations in Windows and Edge, and that app developers may show personalised ads in apps. Microsoft has indicated that it wants to end all violations. She also goes on to state that just as Microsoft has worked with French and Swiss data protection agencies to tweak its Windows 10 telemetry settings to comply with local ordinances, it is also willing to work with the Dutch DPA.
The DPA issued a lengthy release about the matter, in which it is explained that there are almost 4 million active Windows 10 devices with Windows 10 Home and Pro in the Netherlands. The browser also asks you to share anonymous data with it for the objective of helping its creator improve it going forward, which is both a common and optional request for such an app to make. "That results in an intrusive profile of yourself", said DPA's vice-chairman, Wilbert Tomesen.
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These data are called "telemetry data". With telemetry Microsoft - as it were - takes pictures of the behaviour of Windows users, and continuously sends these pictures to itself. Because of the company's approach to data collection, the users can't provide valid consent to Microsoft, according to the European Union data protection legislation. Microsoft needs to make it clear to users that they can reject the data collection as well.