Microsoft: Improved protection of European data
As of last week, it’s a done deal: Microsoft is setting an EU data boundary for its cloud services.
This means that all data in Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365 will be processed and stored within the EU. Business customers and the public sector can then rule out having to transfer personal data out of the EU. With this, Microsoft is taking its GDPR-compliant cloud offering to a new level by the end of next year.
Data residency in Europe
Microsoft cloud platforms have long been compliant with EU regulations when it comes to data storage. Many Azure services can be configured to process data even within the EU, highly effective encryption and robust lockbox solutions ensure that they comply with current regulatory requirements. For many services, control over the encryption of data is in the hands of the customers themselves through the use of customer-managed keys. This also applies to personal data from diagnostic data.
The EU data boundary for Microsoft Cloud builds on significant investment in European data center infrastructure. European data centers are in place for the program and are currently already operating in 13 countries, including one in Austria. (Note: we reported on this!)
This gives companies and organizations the assurance that they can achieve their digital transformation and business development goals in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.