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Parliamentary questions
30 April 2013
E-002247/2013
Answer given by Ms Kroes on behalf of the Commission

The Commission is aware of the Microsoft Windows 8 security requirements, including the necessity of using the Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, which is managed by the UEFI forum and open to all companies.

Article 3 of the proposed Regulation on electronic identification and trust services for electronic transactions in the internal market (COM(2010) 238/2) states that it will apply to trust service providers established in the Union. From this point of view, the fact whether Microsoft is a single point of trust for end consumers is irrelevant.

In addition, with regard to the services related to secure booting, which is linked to devices and not to persons, Microsoft should not be considered as a trust service provider according to the definition of the proposal.

OJ C 372 E, 19/12/2013
Last updated: 14 May 2013Legal notice