Microsoft Signs EU Data Protection Agreement
ONLINE PRIVACY—EUDecember 15, 2011
In efforts to ease European organizations' use of its new software suite, Microsoft has signed the EU Model Clauses agreement, allowing "member nations to transfer personal data for processing to countries that cannot ensure an adequate level of protection," reports ITNews. Signing the agreement means EU regulators will have the ability to request that customers stop using Office 365 if they find it has not taken "appropriate steps" to protect data. The software stores data in servers in the U.S., Ireland and the Netherlands, among others. Microsoft has also created a "trust center" that shows users the "geographic boundary" of their Office 365 data, states the report, but stops short of disclosing exactly how many servers it has and where they are located.