Microsoft's Cloud Service To Adopt EU Privacy Standard

Law360, New York (December 15, 2011, 12:57 PM EST) -- Microsoft Corp. said Wednesday that its Office 365 has become the first major cloud-based productivity service to agree to the European Union's model clauses, which establish stringent privacy and data protection standards for customer data stored outside Europe.

Microsoft will sign the EU's model clauses to ease concerns about whether its Office 365 service complies with Europe's data protection directive, which is undergoing an overhaul that is slated to be unveiled early next year. Under current laws, European regulators can ask customers stop using such a...
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