Microsoft announced a surge of its own voluntary reports with Consumer Action Day, a simultaneous launch of education initiatives with government agencies, law enforcement officials and others on more than 300 civil and enforcement actions in more than 70 countries to help protect consumers and increase awareness of the risks of counterfeit software. “Consumers want action. The majority of our enforcement cases announced today resulted from tips and reports from consumers,” said David Finn, associate general counsel for Worldwide Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting at Microsoft. “Consumers who are duped by fraudulent software encounter viruses, lose personal information, risk having their identities stolen, and waste valuable time and money. Today’s announcement demonstrates our commitment to working with others, including our partners, government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, to protect people from the ill effects of counterfeit software.”
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