FRENCH OFFICIALS have given a stern 'bof' to Microsoft over the firm's "excessive" tracking of users in Windows 10, issuing a stark warning to sort itself out.
France's National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has given Microsoft three months to start complying with local laws or face the wrath of Versailles, where the French government isn't.
Microsoft has been told to apply "satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of user data" after government researchers found that the amount of data being collected is not only excessive, but in many cases irrelevant.
Going way beyond the parameters of Updategate, the CNIL also criticised the lack of limits to attempts when guessing PINs, the lack of consent for advertiser tracking IDs, insufficient cookie blocking options and the fact that data is leaving EU borders.
Not much at all then, really.
"The purpose of the notice is not to prohibit any advertising on the company’s services, but rather to enable users to make their choice freely, having been properly informed of their rights," said CNIL in a statement.
"It has been decided to make the formal notice public due to, among other reasons, the seriousness of the breaches and the number of individuals concerned (more than 10 million Windows users on French territory)."
Microsoft has responded to the declaration of grumpiness with a statement to BetaNews from David Heiner, vice president and deputy general counsel at Microsoft.
"We built strong privacy protections into Windows 10 and we welcome feedback as we continually work to enhance those protections. We will work closely with the CNIL over the next few months to understand the agency's concerns fully and to work toward solutions that it will find acceptable," he said.
"The CNIL noted that the Safe Harbour framework is no longer valid for transferring data from the European Union to the US. We fully understand the importance of establishing a sound legal framework for transatlantic data transfers, and that is why Microsoft has been very supportive of the efforts on both sides of the Atlantic that led to last week's adoption of the Privacy Shield."
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