In today’s global economy, commercial and public sector customers continue to seek ways to achieve their goals, protect their data, and scale for greater efficiency. To meet these changing demands, Microsoft is committed to delivering reliable cloud services designed to leverage the full power of the public cloud while respecting European values and sovereignty needs.
Today we are announcing that, on January 1, 2023, Microsoft will begin a phased rollout of our EU Data Boundary solution for public sector and commercial customers in the European Union (EU) and European Free Trade Association (EFTA).
Microsoft’s continued commitment to Europe
Microsoft remains deeply committed to meeting Europe’s digital needs and has adopted five European cloud principles that guide our cloud business across Europe. Microsoft offers data residency and proximity in more locations than any other cloud provider, enabling residency options for the entire suite of Microsoft Cloud online services, including Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Azure.
We provide Microsoft Cloud services to customers in almost every country in the world. To meet the requirements of EU and EFTA customers, we have opened and are building data centers in more than 17 data center regions in Europe. Since 2020, we have announced our intention to build nine new data center regions and in the last two years we have made investments exceeding $12 billion, making Microsoft one of the largest sources of investment capital in Europe’s digital future.
Phased rollout of EU data limit for Microsoft cloud begins
Starting January 1, 2023, Microsoft will offer customers the ability to store and process their customer data within the EU data boundary for Microsoft 365, Azure, Power Platform, and Dynamics 365 services. With this release, Microsoft expands existing local storage and processing commitments, dramatically reducing data flows outside of Europe and leveraging our industry-leading data residency solutions.
In future phases of EU Data Boundary, Microsoft will extend the EU Data Boundary solution to include the storage and processing of additional categories of personal data, including data provided when receiving technical support.
Microsoft’s cloud services already meet or exceed EU requirements, and the EU data frontier will further enable public sector and commercial customers in the EU and EFTA to have their data processed and stored. data in the region. Additionally, with the rollout of the EU Data Limit, Microsoft will post new data flow documentation on the new EU Data Limit Trust Center webpage to provide transparent information. on data to customers whose services will be included in the limit.
The Microsoft EU data limit is designed to build on our current residency solutions and provide improved control over data and increased transparency. In addition to the EU data limit, Microsoft will continue to offer a broad set of solutions that build on our longstanding commitments to support diverse sovereignty needs, from our existing data residency capabilities in Azure, Dynamics, and Power Platform, to the upcoming Microsoft Cloud for Sovereignty, to the newly expanded data residency of Microsoft 365.
With Microsoft, commercial and public sector customers have the choice and flexibility they need to take advantage of cutting-edge hyperscale products while meeting regulatory requirements and industry-specific standards.
Provide future roadmap and new levels of transparency documentation
EU Data Boundary is an industry-leading data residency solution. Based on customer feedback and insights, as well as lessons learned over the past year from the development of the frontier, we have adjusted the timeline for locating additional categories of personal data and data provided upon receipt. technical assistance. To ensure that we continue to deliver a world-class solution that meets overall customer expectations for quality, stability, and security, Microsoft will make continuous improvements to the frontier in phases. To help customers plan, we have published a detailed roadmap for our EU data limit available on our Trust Center.
As part of our first phase of EU Data Frontier deployment beginning January 1, 2023, Microsoft will release detailed documentation of our frontier commitments. Transparency documentation will initially be published in English and will also be available in other languages.
The documentation will be continually updated as Microsoft rolls out additional phases of the EU data frontier and will include details on services that may continue to require limited transfers of customer data outside of the EU. EU to maintain the security and reliability of the service.
These limited data transfers ensure that EU customers continue to enjoy all the benefits of large-scale global cloud computing while benefiting from state-of-the-art data management capabilities. Transparency documentation, including data flow descriptions, will be available in the new EU Data Boundary Trust Center.
We look forward to continuing to partner with our customers in Europe and will continue to do our best to support their success in a dynamic and changing economic, social and regulatory environment.
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