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The Dutch regulator sees the potential for a privacy breach in Microsoft’s Windows

FILE PHOTO: Visitors stand in front of a screen in Microsoft’s new Oxford street store opening, London, Britain, July 9, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Simon Dawson

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) – Microsoft is in the collection of the data of the users of Windows Home, Windows Pro, which is a violation of the privacy regulations, the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) said on Tuesday.

The deferred prosecution agreement it has been the practice as the test of the protection of the privacy of changes in the Windows last year by Microsoft at the request of the agency.

“Microsoft has complied with the arrangements that have been made,” the DPA said. However, it has also brought to light that Microsoft, in away, to collect other information from users. As a result, Microsoft may still be in violation of the privacy rules and regulations.”

The Dutch regulator said it had been informed of the results of the studies, and its counterpart in the republic of Ireland, where Microsoft is headquartered.

Microsoft said it was committed to protecting the privacy of its customers and provide enhanced privacy features for consumers and small-business users of Windows 10 and in the last couple of years.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to improve even more, and have the tools and the choices that we have to offer to the users,” the company said.

Report by Bart Meijer; Additional reporting by Foo Yun Chee in Brussels; Editing by Edmund Blair

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