Microsoft will allow commercial and public sector clients in the European Union to process and store all their data in the region, which is a growing demand from some customers, as Microsoft recently said that the company will complete the implementation of all engineering work necessary to implement the plan by the end of next year and will apply to all of its basic cloud services – Azure. Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365.
Its president, Brad Smith, said in a statement that Microsoft will consult with customers and regulators on this plan in the coming months, including the necessary adjustments in unique circumstances such as cybersecurity, and Microsoft currently operates data centers in 13 European countries, including France, Germany, Ireland and Sweden.
For large companies, data storage is becoming so large, and distributed across many countries, that it becomes difficult for them to understand where their data is and whether it complies with rules like the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into effect in 2018, is designed to protect the privacy rights of European Union individuals and applies to all companies that process or control the personal information of EU residents, regardless of where these companies are located. .
Microsoft previously said it would challenge every government request regarding personal data of a public sector in the European Union or a commercial customer and would provide compensation if it disclosed data that violated the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that caused harm.