Dutch privacy watchdog Autoriteit Persoonsgegevens is accusing Microsoft of breaching data protection law with Windows 10, claiming that it collects data from users’ computers without clearly informing them about the information that’s being sent to its servers and for which purpose.
The conclusions of the Dutch Data Protection Authority (DPA) point out that Microsoft “continuously” collects information about the usage of apps and web surfing behavior when the default settings are used, adding that the software giant is playing it dirty by enabling the full telemetry setting by default when installing Windows 10.
Furthermore, the group claims that not only that Microsoft asks users to accept the offered settings, but the Windows 10 installer also comes with options to use the telemetry data and show personalized ads and recommendations in Windows and Edge enabled by default.
“If a person does not actively change the default settings during installation, it does not mean he or she thereby gives consent for the use of his or her personal data,” the privacy watchdog says.
The Dutch DPA also accuses Microsoft of ignoring users’ privacy settings when upgrading to the Creators Update, as computers that were previously set to basic telemetry were automatically switched to full telemetry level if no user changes were made.