Microsoft has demonstrated its commitment to the data privacy and security of its enterprise Cloud services (Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Dynamics CRM online, and Windows Intune), receiving validation for the security of it’s Cloud services. All 28 national Data Protection Authorities that regulate companies with operations in the European Union have published a letter validating that Microsoft has included the proper contractual terms in their enterprise Cloud services (you can view the letter here).
As a result, customers can use Microsoft’s Cloud services with the peace of mind that any data transfers around the world meet the EU’s data protections regulations – which are some of the toughest in the world.
Microsoft is the only major Cloud vendor to receive this validation. As a Microsoft customer or an organization considering using these services, you benefit in three key ways:
- Microsoft is committed to doing the hard work to ensure that it can comply both technically and operationally with the stringent obligations imposed by these contractual commitments. All Cloud customers, whether they have operations in Europe or elsewhere, benefit from the strong engineering protections Microsoft has put in place.
- This is an approved approach to protecting the privacy and security of European citizens’ data and ensures that any potential changes to other regulatory standards (e.g. Safe Harbor) will not impact customers’ ability to use Microsoft’s enterprise Cloud services.
- Microsoft’s approved contractual commitments enable data transfers globally – as opposed to the Safe Harbor act which is specific to European/US transfers.
No other Cloud provider has demonstrated the depth of security and privacy measures that Microsoft has. As a Microsoft customer or an organization considering using these services, you have the comfort of knowing your enterprise Cloud services are of the highest privacy and security standard.