To support its EU commercial customers, Microsoft has pledged to allow them to store and process the majority of their data within its data centers situated in the EU by the end of 2022. With the transatlantic Privacy Shield data transfer framework in shambles, Microsoft is taking a fresh approach, promising that European government and commercial customers will be able to retain all of their data in Microsoft’s core cloud services in EU data centers.
Microsoft and other cloud providers used to rely on Standard Contractual Clauses (SCCs) and Privacy Shield for EU-US data transfers. But recently, the Court of Justice for the European Union ruled Privacy Shield invalid in July.
Cloud providers like Google and Amazon Web Services, on the other hand, are excluded from the new adjustments and can continue to use SCCs as a legal mechanism of data transfer.
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