EU Investigates Microsoft for Policy Changes in Hotmail, Bing
December 19, 2012 4:29 PM
comment(s) - last by
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:
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
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
browser issues with Windows RT
This article is over a month old, voting and posting comments is disabled
RE: Stop doing business there
12/20/2012 9:10:45 AM
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
12/20/2012 10:06:49 AM
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.
"Google fired a shot heard 'round the world, and now a second American company has answered the call to defend the rights of the Chinese people." -- Rep. Christopher H. Smith (R-N.J.)
EU to Microsoft on Browser Compliance: Prepare to be Punished
October 24, 2012, 12:38 PM
EU to Probe Microsoft Vigorously for Windows 8 Browser API Abuse
July 19, 2012, 5:23 PM
EU Plans to Prosecute Microsoft On More Antitrust Charges Despite IE Decision
June 12, 2009, 11:39 AM
EU Pummels Microsoft With $1.4B USD Fine
February 27, 2008, 3:47 PM
EU Asks Microsoft to Remove Vista Security Features
September 12, 2006, 1:08 PM
Newegg Legal Chief: "We don't Feed the Trolls"; Defeats Bell Lab Shell Comp.
May 17, 2013, 10:11 AM
Quick Note: EA Axing Online Pass
May 16, 2013, 10:59 AM
Google's Eric Schmidt: "Don't Be Evil" was Stupid
May 14, 2013, 11:00 AM
RIAA Acknowledges Digital Streams for Artist Awards
May 13, 2013, 7:17 AM
ESPN Looking to Pay Wireless Carriers for Customer Data Overages
May 10, 2013, 11:21 AM
YouTube Offering Paid Subscriptions for Individual Channels
May 10, 2013, 10:50 AM
Most Popular Articles
Report: Microsoft Eyes Return to "Dying" Windows 7 Path After Windows 8 Flop
May 13, 2013, 9:50 AM
Bill Gates Gets Teary-Eyed While Discussing Steve Jobs, Shows Off Life-Saving Tech on 60 Minutes
May 13, 2013, 12:30 PM
Windows 8.1 Will Be Free; Microsoft Holds Onto Struggling ARM Variant
May 14, 2013, 2:57 PM
Google Announces "Pure" Galaxy Nexus S4 for $649, Android Updates
May 15, 2013, 1:42 PM
U.S. Federal Traffic Board Wants to Make Drunk Driving Threshold Far Harsher
May 15, 2013, 11:32 AM
Latest Blog Posts
Nokia Introduces Instagram-Like App of Its Own to Help Lumia Sales
May 20, 2013, 7:10 AM
Parents of Pre-Teen Drivers Commonly Practice Distracted Driving Says Study
May 9, 2013, 7:16 AM
Apple's iOS 7 Running Into Internal Delays Due to Massive Overhaul
May 1, 2013, 4:26 PM
Elon Musk Willing to Spend More Money on Widening of 405 Freeway
Apr 26, 2013, 7:28 PM
New $100 Bill Due in October
Apr 24, 2013, 11:52 PM
More Blog Posts
Copyright 2013 DailyTech LLC. -
Terms, Conditions & Privacy Information