TechnologyEC to probe Microsoft’s .net platform

EC to probe Microsoft's .net platform

The European Commission is set to investigate whether Microsoft's .Net Passport system of collecting personal data from web surfers contravenes its tough privacy laws.

News agency Reuters said that it had seen a written response from the EC to a question from Dutch MEP Erik Meijer with regards to Microsoft’s .Net Passport system.

Passport retrieves personal information from internet users and allows movement between secure sites without the need to re-enter sensitive personal data.

Meijer had complained that .Net Passport does not allow users to unsubscribe and failure to subscribe meant users could be barred from many key sites.

Given on May 7, European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Frits Bolkestein, wrote that; ‘The Commission is…looking into this as a matter of priority, in concertation with national data protection authorities, as regards the system’s compatibility (or not) with EU data protection law.’

Microsoft is currently engaged in ongoing anti-trust action on both sides of the Atlantic and this probe gives the firm another headache.

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