Privacy watchdogs in the EU still have issues with Windows 10’s settings

Jack Wilkinson

It wasn’t too long ago that privacy watchdogs raised concerns with Microsoft’s default privacy settings in Windows 10. Originally, Windows 10’s privacy settings were turned off, meaning that the operating system would collect as much data as it was allowed, such as location, speech and keyboard data. As a result of this default functionality, watchdogs claimed it was in breach of privacy regulations.

In response, Microsoft adjusted Windows 10’s default privacy settings around a month ago to be more lax. Unfortunately for the company, EU privacy watchdogs are still raising issues with privacy in Microsoft’s latest operating system (via Reuters).

Known as the Article 29 Working Group, the group released a statement saying that it was still concerned about the “level of protection of users’ personal data”:

In light of the above, which are separate to the results of ongoing inquiries at a national level, even considering the proposed changes to Windows 10, the Working Party remains concerned about the level of protection of users’ personal data,

Microsoft is yet to comment on the latest concerns raised, however, Windows 10 is facing multiple inquiries, from both privacy watchdogs and at national level – such as in France, where Microsoft was ordered to stop collecting an excessive amount of user data.