“Microsoft” reassures its European customers about protecting their data


The American “Microsoft” group pledged Thursday to keep all European customer data for its cloud computing services in Europe, in light of European concerns about US legislation on data.

Microsoft Legal Affairs Officer Brad Smith said in a blog post, “If you are a corporate or public sector customer we have (…) we will allow you to process and store all your data in the European Union (…) we will not need to extract your data from it.” European Union. ”

This announcement addresses “Microsoft” services such as “Azure” (which allows companies to dispense with non-virtual servers by using Microsoft’s servers over the Internet), or “Office 365” (office electronic services including e-mail, data sharing and webinars), and “Dynamics”. 365 “(apps for professionals).

Brad Smith indicated that this decision will come into full effect “by next year.”

For years, Europeans have been concerned about the legal status of the data that they provide to giant American groups through cloud computing services, such as “MicrosoftAnd also “Amazon” and “Google”, with concerns especially related to the interference of US courts.

It is not certain that Microsoft’s commitment will be enough to scatter the Europeans entirely. “The location of data of a personal nature for Europeans in European data centers for American service providers does not guarantee safety yet because they are still subject to American law,” the consulting company KPMG wrote Tuesday in a publication on the European “Cloud” market.

American companies, most notably Amazon Web Services, Microsoft and Google, dominate cloud computing services that allow customers to benefit from vast and variable information storage capabilities.

The market is experiencing a major boom now, as KPMG has estimated that the European market value for cloud computing services, currently at € 53 billion, will rise five times to ten by 2027-2030.


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