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Microsoft to allow EU customers to process, store data in the region

The commercial and public sector customers in the European Union are going to be allowed to process and store all of their data in the region by the Microsoft Corp. this is the result of the growing demand from some clients.

The implementation of all engineering work needed to execute the plan, will be completed by the company by the end of next year. The company also said that all its core cloud services such as Azure, Microsoft 365, and Dynamics 365 also will be get applied by this. In the upcoming months, Microsoft will consult with customers and regulators about this plan.

President Brad Smith said in a statement that adjustments that are needed in unique circumstances like cyber security also will be consulted.  Including France, Germany, Ireland and Sweden, more over in 13 European countries Microsoft is currently operating datacentres. Data storage has become so large for big companies. Hence, it is distributed across so many countries and so that becomes difficult for them to understand where their data resides and if it complies with rules such as GDPR.

To protect the privacy rights of EU individuals, the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed. Regardless of the firm’s location, this process or controls the personal information of EU residents. Microsoft has said previously that it will challenge every government request for an EU public sector or commercial customer’s personal data and also that it would provide compensation if it disclosed data in violation of the GDPR that causes harm.

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