Microsoft set to Apply California’s Privacy Law to All U.S. Users

Microsoft set to Apply California’s Privacy Law to All U.S. Users

Microsoft is extending a California law aimed at protecting users privacy to all of its users in the United States, an unexpected move supporting tougher requirements  to disclose exactly how the company uses the consumer data it collects.

The California Consumer Privacy Act, known as CCPA, is scheduled to go into effect on Jan. 1. It demands more transparency from companies about how user data is being used and disseminated and requires them to give consumers a way to opt out of these actions.

In a blog post about the move, Julie Brill, Microsoft’s chief privacy officer, praised the law and the “robust control” it gives people over their data.

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“Microsoft will continue to monitor those changes, and make the adjustments needed to provide effective transparency and control under CCPA to all people in the U.S.,” she wrote.

The company also will work with its enterprise customers to help them comply with CCPA and provide them with any tools and guidance they need, Brill added.

Not everyone is so enthusiastic about CCPA, however, not least of all Microsoft competitors.

But more than opposing data privacy, technology leaders rather have taken a stand that they wish to promote a national law that provides consistent guidelines rather than be subject to individual state laws, which will require more investment on their part.

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Privacy advocates applauded Microsoft’s move, suggesting that it will force companies with lackluster privacy records to rethink how they protect consumer data and force them to make necessary changes.

“Great signal to send to the market,” Tweeted Jason Kint, CEO of Digital Content Next.

“A number of major players in the Internet Association that failed in running misleading campaigns to try to dilute CCPA, now have an opportunity to lead here and leave Google and Facebook with a larger trust deficit.”

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