Microsoft Introduces “Data Boundary” for EU Customers – Strategy – Cloud

LONDON/STOCKHOLM (Reuters) – Microsoft Corp announced on Thursday that its cloud customers in the European Union will be able to process and store parts of their data in the region from January 1.

The phasing-in of its “EU data border” applies to all of its core cloud services – Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and the Power BI platform.

Large companies have become increasingly concerned about the international flow of customer data since the EU introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, which protects user privacy.

The bloc’s executive, the European Commission, is working on proposals to protect the privacy of European users whose data is transferred to the United States.

“As we delved deeper into this project, we learned we needed a more phased approach,” Microsoft chief privacy officer Julie Brill told Reuters.

“The first phase will be customer data. And then as we move to the next phases, we’re going to move log data, service data and other types of data into the border,” she said.

The second phase will be completed by the end of 2023 and phase three will be completed in 2024, she said.

Microsoft operates more than a dozen data centers in European countries including France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.

For large companies, data storage is so large and spread across so many countries that it becomes difficult for them to understand where their data is located and whether it is compliant with regulations like GDPR.

“We are creating this solution so our customers can feel more secure and have clear conversations with their regulators about where their data is being processed and stored,” said Brill.

Microsoft previously said it would contest regulatory requests for customer data and would financially compensate any customer whose data it shared in violation of the GDPR. Microsoft Introduces “Data Boundary” for EU Customers – Strategy – Cloud

Callan Tansill

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