"Lester Warby is the kind of guy who reads the fine print. And
the fine print for the latest updates to Microsoft Windows has him
"Warby--who is the chief information officer at Seattle
Metropolitan Credit Union--believes that the terms for the end user
license agreement (EULA) for Microsoft's Windows 2000 Service Pack
3 (SP3) and XP Service Pack 1, might well put the credit union in
violation of new federal privacy laws.
"At issue is Microsoft's 'automatic update' feature, which
allows users to automatically get upgrades and patches to their
systems. To get the updates, users must agree to give Microsoft
access to information on their systems.
"That, says Warby, conflicts with federal regulations for
financial institutions, such as the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act of 2001.
The new law, which goes into effect next May, forbids financial
service companies from giving third parties access to customer data
without express consent from the customer. European countries
generally have even stricter data privacy laws..."
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