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FRENCH OFFICIALS have given a stern ‘bof’ to Microsoft over the firm’s “excessive” tracking of users in Windows 10, issuing a stark warning to sort itself out.

France’s National Data Protection Commission (CNIL) has given Microsoft three months to start complying with local laws or face the wrath of Versailles, where the French government isn’t.

Microsoft has been told to apply “satisfactory measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of user data” after government researchers found that the amount of data being collected is not only excessive, but in many cases irrelevant.

Going way beyond the parameters of Updategate, the CNIL also criticised the lack of limits to attempts when guessing PINs, the lack of consent for advertiser tracking IDs, insufficient cookie blocking options and the fact that data is leaving EU borders.

Not much at all then, really.