Microsoft allows cloud users to keep personal data within Europe to alleviate privacy concerns

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Microsoft allows cloud users to keep personal data within Europe to alleviate privacy concerns
Microsoft allows cloud users to keep personal data within Europe to alleviate privacy concerns

Microsoft says it is improving its cloud computing service to allow clients to store their personal data within the European Union rather than sending it to the United States, where national privacy rules do not exist.

Microsoft announced on Thursday that it is improving its cloud computing service to allow clients to store their personal data within the European Union rather than sending it to the United States, where national privacy rules do not exist. 

The changes affect services such as Azure, Microsoft 365, Power Platform, and Dynamics 365, according to the Seattle-based software firm. 

Cloud computing businesses are moving to localize data storage and processing in response to tighter regulations in the European Union’s 27-nation, rigorous data privacy rules. 

Following revelations by former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden that the American government eavesdropped on people’s online data and communications, Brussels and Washington have spent years arguing over the safety of EU residents’ data that tech companies store in the US.

According to Microsoft, its “EU Data Boundary solution goes above and beyond European compliance requirements.” Customers’ data would not be transferred outside of the EU, as the corporation has previously stated. 

It began storing and processing data within Europe last year. It is now expanding this to include all personal data, including pseudonymized data contained in automated system logs generated automatically when online services are used. 

Microsoft will begin ensuring that technical support data is preserved within Europe later this year. It also intends to offer a premium service for initial tech support responses from within the EU.

Amazon launched standalone cloud infrastructure for the EU last year in an effort to solve the stringent rules that businesses and government organizations face.

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