So, when it is NOT a stupid, average consumer...
The move is at least partially in response to a report commissioned by the Dutch government that found that the software giant's Office Pro Plus application suite, which includes the likes of Word and Outlook, was collecting all manner of data and stashing it on US-based servers.
Gasp! Who would have known!
That got regulators a little hot under the collar since such activities are very much frowned upon under General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
Really? Only because there is GDPR?
Users can alter the amount of data slurped by Microsoft's productivity applications (assuming they can find the settings) but not easily turn it off completely.
A Microsoft spokesperson told us: "We are committed to helping our customers comply with GDPR, Regulation 2018/1725...
Well, didn't you pass the online course "How to write standard marketing statements with common used, risk avoidant statements in 5 minutes" with flying colours! But, news flash: You don't have to help your customers to comply with GDPR. You yourself are not exempt, and have to start of by "serving your customers" with a product that is compliant with all and "other applicable laws" to begin with. Perhaps, in stead of assuming you have to help your customers answering questions, maybe you should start answering yourself?