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Regulators Formally Examining Policy Changes

ONLINE PRIVACY—EU

December 18, 2012

Bloomberg reports that EU regulators are formally examining recent changes by Microsoft to its privacy policy. Data protection authorities (DPAs) from France and Luxembourg are leading the investigation and aim to verify whether the changes will offer European users appropriate notice and choice of services, the report states. Dutch DPA Jacob Kohnstamm said, “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.” A Microsoft spokesman said, “We are confident they will find Microsoft’s long-standing commitment to privacy has not changed.”
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