Today the Trump administration has announced it will not require Windows devices to be tethered to a Wi-Fi network when it makes changes to the federal government’s privacy rules.
The decision is a big win for Microsoft, the manufacturer of the Windows 8 operating system.
Microsoft has argued that the Windows devices are part of a larger ecosystem and should be able to function without the need for a separate connection to a wireless network.
The Federal Trade Commission and privacy advocates say the move will undermine privacy and security for Americans and businesses, and could leave the government with the power to monitor what is being done in the digital realm without consent.
Trump signed the order on Wednesday, with his approval coming from the Senate Judiciary Committee, and was greeted with chants of “Lock her up!” from the crowd.
The new order, which will take effect in April, sets a new standard for how government and businesses should communicate data about their devices.
It will also allow agencies to share information about a device’s location with law enforcement.
The Federal Trade Commissions Office of the Inspector General will also be tasked with analyzing privacy and data privacy issues related to the devices.