Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) Accused of Shifting Data Privacy Burden to Ill-Equipped Schools

A complaint has been filed against Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) by advocacy group None of Your Business (NOYB) to Austria’s privacy watchdog. Microsoft has been accused of shifting responsibility for children’s personal data onto schools, which are ill-equipped to handle it. This complaint against Microsoft’s online education software is among the latest in a series of grievances against the tech giant by rivals and campaigners.

Details of NYOB’s Complaint Against Microsoft

NYOB has alleged that Microsoft shifted its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) responsibility of controlling data to schools, which lack the necessary data. NOYB lawyer Maartje de Graaf stated that requiring schools to audit Microsoft or instruct them on data processing is unrealistic. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an information privacy regulation in the European Union and the European Economic Area.

Additionally, NYOB’s second complaint is focused on cookies installed in Microsoft’s 365 Education and stated that its analysis indicates that these cookies appear to “track users regardless of their age.” Cookies are generally used by advertisers to track consumers.

Is Microsoft a Buy or Sell Stock?

Analysts remain bullish about MSFT stock, with a Strong Buy consensus rating based on 32 Buys and one Hold. Year-to-date, MSFT has increased by more than 10%, and the average MSFT price target of $491.90 implies an upside potential of 18.9% from current levels

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