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Microsoft calls for a US GDPR

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Microsoft is calling for an American version of GDPR, which would place the burden of data management on tech companies and allow users for more choice and better privacy regarding their data.

Looking back on a year of GDPR, Microsoft's corporate VP and deputy general counsel, Julie Brill, said one of the main problems with data gathering nowadays is that users mostly need to opt out, when they start using a new product or service.

That means, data gathering is on by default and users need to go out of their way to manage how their data is gathered, even before they start using the service.

"This places an unreasonable -- and unworkable -- burden on individuals," Brill wrote in the post. "Strong federal privacy should not only empower consumers to control their data, it also should place accountability obligations on the companies that collect and use sensitive personal information."

According to Brill, more than 18 million people used extra tools in the last year to protect their privacy, roughly one per cent of Microsoft’s userbase.

"As I saw first-hand when I served on the Federal Trade Commission, laws currently on the books are simply not strong enough to enable the FTC to protect privacy effectively in today's complex digital economy," Brill said.

“Now it is time for Congress to take inspiration from the rest of the world and enact federal legislation that extends the privacy protections in GDPR to citizens in the United States,” she concluded.

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Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.