Over the years Microsoft has been under the cosh from the European Union regarding Windows Media Player and Internet Explorer. Microsoft is under scrutiny once again, this time for changing the policies of its Internet product such as Hotmail and Bing.
So, why exactly is Microsoft being looked into this time? It all centres on policy changes that European data protection regulators are examining for potential privacy issues.
Those same regulators have written to Steve Ballmer, Microsoft CEO, and the head of Microsoft Luxembourg. It is Luxembourg’s and France’s data protection commissions leading the examination. Bloomberg News managed to get a copy of the letter, which states:
But Microsoft is confident that they are still above board. Robin Koch, a Microsoft Brussels spokesman, made the following statement on behalf of the company: