European data will remain in Europe

Today we announce a new commitment to the European Union. The data of all our client organizations and Public Administrations within the European Union will be processed and stored in the EU, confirming our commitment to data archiving. In summary, there will be no need to move data outside the EU. This commitment will apply to all major Microsoft cloud services: Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365. We are already starting to work on this additional plan – called the EU Data Boundary for Microsoft Cloud with the aim of completing the planned activities by the end of next year.

This step announced today builds on our commitment to data protection and our solutions in this area. We are confident that today’s update can be an additional element for all customers who want an even greater commitment to Data Residency. We will continue to engage with customers and regulators on this plan over the coming months about the necessary security adjustments and will continue taking into account their feedback.

The update confirms Microsoft’s commitment to the EU strategy

Microsoft cloud services were already compliant or even exceeded EU guidelines even before today’s announcement. Microsoft already offers public and private customers the ability to store data in the European Union and many Azure cloud services can already be configured to process data in the EU as well. Additionally, we use world-class encryption and robust Lockbox solutions that meet current regulatory guidelines. Many of our services put the control of data encryption directly into the hands of customers through the use of customer-managed keys and we protect them from improper access by any government in the world.

We have already started work on a technical level so that our cloud services can store and process all personal data of our European customers in the EU if they so wish. This plan includes all personal data as part of diagnostic data and data generated by the services in addition to the personal data we use to provide technical support. We will also extend technical controls such as Lockbox and customer managed encryption to all core Microsoft cloud services. This plan will be applied to our core cloud services to enhance our current customer offerings. Furthermore, this autumn we will hold an EU Cloud Customer Summit where we will share more details on this initiative.

The update announced today confirms Microsoft’s commitment to the EU strategy ‘Europe ready for the digital age’ and the role the technology sector must play in helping Europe realize its digital aspirations. In addition to processing the personal data of organizations and Public Administrations in Europe, we are also creating a Privacy Engineering Center of Excellence in Dublin to help our European customers in choosing the most suitable solutions to develop robust data protection arrangements that comply with the requirements. regulatory. We are working to contribute to the development of “Tech Fit 4 Europe.”

The EU Data Boundary for Microsoft Cloud plan is made possible thanks to our investments in a large European data center infrastructure. We opened our first data center in Europe in 2009 and today’s announcement will leverage data centers that are currently operational or have already announced in 13 countries: Austria, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands , Norway, Poland, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. These data centers enable cloud services that can contribute to the digital transformation of companies and the public sector, increasing their competitiveness, with the certainty of being able to operate in compliance with all laws and regulations. In addition to customers from EU member states, our customers in Norway and Switzerland will also be able to access the EU Data Boundary plan.

Microsoft has long been working to meet and exceed the requirements of European data protection laws. For example, we were the first major technology company to affirm our compliance with the GDPR and extend the fundamental rights and protections of the GDPR to our customers globally, not just those of the EU. Furthermore, following the release of recommendations by the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) on the measures companies should implement following the Schrems II ruling, we announced our Defending Your Data initiative, which goes beyond the recommendations of the ‘EDPB. In fact, Microsoft opposes requests from any government regarding the data of our customers in the public and private sectors, where there is a legal basis for doing so. And we offer financial compensation to these customers’ users if we disclose their data in violation of the GDPR, causing damage.

Microsoft will continue to do all it can to support government leaders on both sides of the Atlantic and beyond to address legal data access issues quickly. We are following with optimism the ongoing discussions between the European Commission and the US Government to build a new regulatory framework for the personal data of Europeans being transferred to the United States. We look forward to a resolution in the near future.

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