Microsoft eases up data security framework for users of European Union

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In the contemporary business landscape, companies worldwide are increasingly adopting a strategic approach to store and analyze user data within their respective countries, eliminating the necessity to transfer it to foreign servers.

Across China, America, Europe, India, Canada, and Australia, businesses are aligning themselves with this approach. However, Microsoft, the American technology giant, has introduced a nuanced perspective for users within the European Union. In a recent press statement, the Windows OS provider announced a commitment to confining all user data generated in and around the European Union to the same region, refraining from transferring it to foreign servers, specifically North American servers.

This decision appears to be a proactive measure by the tech giant to enhance cloud services within the region and rebuild trust among users. Azure, Microsoft 365, Power Platform, and Dynamics 365 users can now be reassured that their data will be stored and processed locally, without being transmitted to servers based in Seattle.

Countries like France, Germany, Switzerland, and the UK have consistently advocated for stringent data privacy regulations concerning services offered by Cloud Service Providers (CSPs). Microsoft’s adherence to these rules positions it as a trailblazer, potentially alleviating tensions between Washington and Brussels. The latter has persistently criticized the former for its data surveillance practices, especially in light of revelations by Edward Snowden regarding the NSA’s extensive surveillance of the United States and its allies.

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Naveen Goud
Naveen Goud is a writer at Cybersecurity Insiders covering topics such as Mergers & Acquisitions, Startups, Cyber Attacks, Cloud Security and Mobile Security

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