Print 16 comment(s) - last by Beenthere.. on Dec 20 at 5:00 PM

Microsoft made the policy changes on October 19

Microsoft just can't catch a break from the European Commission.

The EU now plans to investigate the tech giant's recent policy changes and how they may affect the privacy of its users. The policy changes were in regards to Microsoft's Internet services like Bing and Hotmail.

According to EU privacy regulators, Microsoft's Internet products will be formally reviewed to make sure that the policy changes meet European standards and allow users a choice of different services.

The EU wrote a letter to Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer and Microsoft Luxembourg letting the company know about the upcoming review:

“Given the wide range of services you offer, and popularity of these services, changes in your Services Agreement and the linked Privacy Policy may affect many individuals in most or all of the EU member states,” wrote Jacob Kohnstamm, who leads the association of EU data protection commissioners.

Microsoft made the policy changes on October 19.

The EU has been after Microsoft for years now, and for various reasons. It started in March 2004 when a European Commission high court found the company guilty of using tactics to freeze out its competitors in the media player and server software markets. It was fined $690 million.

Back in 2008, the EU fined Microsoft $1.4 billion for refusing to comply during its legal feud with the EU between July 2006 and October 2007. Microsoft was charged $3.83 million a day for each day of non-compliance.

Jumping ahead one year to 2009, the EU went after Microsoft again for tying Internet Explorer to Windows, and by doing so, Microsoft is "stealing" a unique and unfair advantage.

The EU has been on top of Microsoft throughout this year as well, with most problems stemming from browser choices in Windows 7 and more browser issues with Windows RT.

Source: Bloomberg

Comments     Threshold

This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled

RE: Stop doing business there
By BZDTemp on 12/20/2012 7:18:17 AM , Rating: 1
You and everyone else should be glad the EU is keeping a close watch of Microsoft. It is all about making sure Microsoft does not abuse it's market position to compete unfairly or abuse the data from the many users.

The EU is doing the same to all companies and the protection of individual freedoms including the right to privacy is very high on the agenda.

RE: Stop doing business there
By michal1980 on 12/20/2012 9:03:57 AM , Rating: 2
because bing and hotmail have any sort of market dominance?

RE: Stop doing business there
By cboath on 12/20/2012 9:10:45 AM , Rating: 1
Hardly....they're in it for one thing, and one thing only: $$$$$.

The EU simply see's MS as deep pockets it can gouge.

Google's now on their radar as well. Again, more deep pockets.

They're after money and don't really care about fair play.

The browswer bit, especially, is hypocritical. Netscape was the first popular browser, that's true. However it gained it's position by being the first graphical browser (surpassing lynx) and being free. They then decided to sell it, but even then, a lot of schools had deals making it free to students still. MS comes along and uses the same tactic and their evil for it.

If the EU held others, like apple, to the same criteria as MS, they'd be found guilty as well. Seeing as the deepest pockets - by far - belong to apple, it's stunning they haven't made a move that way yet.

RE: Stop doing business there
By Aloonatic on 12/20/2012 10:06:49 AM , Rating: 3
MS comes along and uses the same tactic and their evil for it.
So Netscape were giving their browser away for free with their operating system, which was coded to be a part of the OS as opposed to a stand alone program were they?


Yes yes, the EU are just after Google and MS for the money, of course they are.


"This is from the It's a science website." -- Rush Limbaugh

Copyright 2016 DailyTech LLC. - RSS Feed | Advertise | About Us | Ethics | FAQ | Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information | Kristopher Kubicki