Technology Microsoft will now keep all European personal cloud data within its EU data boundary


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The European Union's GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) rules include one that requires cloud-based companies to not transfer personal data to servers overseas, including the US, without privacy safeguards. This week, Microsoft announced new plans to keep personal data from its users in Europe inside the EU.

In a blog post, Microsoft announced that in 2023, it had started storing and processing customer data for a number of its cloud-based services, including Microsoft 365, Azure, Power Platform, and Dynamics 365.

This week, that effort expanded to include storing all personal data from European users, including its automated system logs, inside Microsoft EU Data Boundary. Microsoft is also providing new transparency and documentary for its European cloud privacy and storage efforts on a new website.

Finally, the company revealed that it will use EU-based technology to protect user information if those servers need to be accessed remotely to monitor their systems. That includes setting up "virtual desktop infrastructure in the EU Data Boundary for monitoring our systems", according to Microsoft.

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