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Microsoft holds illegal UK personal data

Saw this over at IEXBETA. Remember that time that MICROSOFT forgot to pay $35 for their passport.com domain, and Hotmail completely broke until a Linux coder phoned up NetSol and paid it for them and then we all went "hahahahahaha" and it was funny? Ahh.

Well, Microsoft's entry in the DATA PROTECTION REGISTER expired on January 8th. This means that all personal data held by them in the UK is now illegal, in that jaunty white collar criminal-but-getting-away-with-it way Microsoft has.

Sadly, the DPR folk say that it's not as easy as just us paying up the 35UKP. Apparently, Microsoft (or good-hearted and overly knowledgeable Linux coder friends of theirs) will have to put in a completely new application. Which makes it a bit less fun. Still, you could always ask the Information Commissioner if they'd be up for prosecuting MS on your behalf for unlawfully using your info-soul. You have that right if you're a "data subject" of Microsoft, you know.

View: Expired Data Protection Register (held by Microsoft)

View: The Passport.com incident

News source: NTK

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