Nowadays, when so much of life exists as ones and zeros zipping around computer networks, the importance of data security and privacy protection cannot be overstated. While the United States lacks omnibus regulations to cover all areas of data security, the European Union has taken pains to at least coordinate its 28 data protection authorities. As of April 9, this group has approved Microsoft’s cloud solutions.
Microsoft’s enterprise cloud solutions, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, Microsoft Dynamics CRM and Windows Intune, have been recognized as meeting the requirements of the EU’s model clauses. This means that the data stored in the company’s cloud meets Europe’s privacy standards – no matter where the data is physically located.