Microsoft has agreed to pay over $3 million in fines for selling software to sanctioned entities and individuals in Cuba, Iran, Syria, and Russia from 2012 to 2019. The US Department of the Treasury says that most of the violations involved blocked Russian entities or persons located in the Crimea region of Ukraine. Microsoft, Microsoft Ireland, and Microsoft Russia failed to oversee who was buying the company’s software and services through third-party partners. In some cases, Microsoft Russia employees may have intentionally tried to defeat the company’s due diligence efforts. The Treasury also says that Microsoft had some other gaps in its compliance procedures. The fines may seem small for Microsoft, but the Treasury is cutting the company some slack because it discovered the violations, investigated them, and self-reported them to the government. Microsoft has made significant changes to its enforcement policies and measures since then.
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