The tech company’s service agreement has a safety clause that worries users on the safety of their data. The Microsoft’s privacy statement tells users, “we will access, disclose and preserve personal data”, including the contents of emails or files in private folders.
However, Microsoft does allow Windows 10 users to opt out of all of the features that might be considered invasions of privacy and users are opted in by default.
The chair of France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) claimed that Microsoft’s flagship OS violated the French data protection act and highlighted the “seriousness of the breaches“.
Microsoft was given three months to change how Windows 10 collects data about users in order to comply with the act.
Now Microsoft has asked the CNIL for more time to respond to the authority’s formal notice and has been given an extension until January next year. If Windows 10 still doesn’t comply after this point the company could be fined up to €150,000.