Is Microsoft Licensing Forcing Banks To Break The Law?
from the when-laws-and-EULAs-collide dept
Oops. It appears that any bank that uses Microsoft operating systems may be breaking the law. Someone who actually (oh my!) read the fine print on the Microsoft EULA has discovered it requires users who enable the “auto update” feature to allow Microsoft access to information on the system – which violates a law, soon to go into effect, not allowing access by third parties to information without the consent of whoever’s data it is. Of course, there is a pretty simple solution (besides ditching Microsoft altogether) which is not to use the auto-update feature. Anyway, honestly, this seems like much more of a nitpick on bad language choices by Microsoft’s lawyers in not clearly defining what they mean by allowing “access to information” on the system.