Apparently, you need an online MS account to opt-out of telemetry under GDPR - does that mean a local Windows account is not compliant? Why am I not surprised?


As far as I understand a most telemetry data is not covered by the GDPR

The reason for this is that it is not in itself personally identifable data that belongs to a living entity, but data that is generated during the interaction with and use of products and services

@jason Interesting, but then wouldn't the same principle also apply to cookies?

Also, if that's the case then almost everything would fall under this by nature, so my opinion of the law would drop dramatically.


Cookies are covered by the EPR (e privacy regulations) that came into effect on the same say as its bigger better known sibling the GDPR and the two work together that classes cookies as being personally identifiable

Telematics and telemetry are kind of incidental data generated by your use/interaction and do not directly identify you on its own, this is the kind of data that makes mozilla money.

Technically (if I understand correctly) if that telematics data is collected used in direct conjunction with a system that does personally identify you then it would be covered by the GDPR and ePR. (Like cookies)

However it seems it is collected incidentally, if I am wrong in my understanding I am sure someone will be along shortly..
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