The EU’s data protection agency plans to investigate recent changes to Microsoft’s privacy policies. Earlier this year, the agency launched a similar investigation of Google.
Bloomberg’s Stephanie Bodoni reported, “Microsoft Corp. (MSFT)’s policy changes for its Internet products including Hotmail and Bing are being formally examined by European data protection regulators for potential privacy issues. Updates to Microsoft’s services agreement, which took effect Oct. 19, are being formally reviewed, EU privacy regulators wrote to Microsoft Chief Executive Officer Steve Ballmer and the head of Microsoft Luxembourg. Luxembourg’s and France’s data protection commissions are leading the examination, according to the Dec. 17 letter, obtained by Bloomberg News.”
ZDNet’s Zack Whittaker added, “According to a letter obtained by the publication, the chairman of the Article 29 Working Party, a EU group made up of individual member states’ data watchdogs, wrote to Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer to inform the company that the new policy, which ‘may affect many individuals in most or all of the EU member states,’ will be looked into by the group to ‘check the possible consequences for the protection of the personal data of these individuals in a coordinated procedure.'”