EU Commission's Microsoft 365 use breached data protection rules

11/03/2024 | EDPS

Following an investigation into the European Commission's use of Microsoft 365 software, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) identified several infringements of Regulation (EU) 2018/1725, the data protection law for EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies. 

The EDPS report highlights that the Commission failed to provide adequate safeguards to ensure international transfers of personal data are given the same level of protection guaranteed within the EU/EEA. Furthermore, the Commission's contract with Microsoft did not properly specify the types of personal data or the explicit and specific purposes for which they would be collected. The EDPS has ordered the Commission to suspend all data transfers related to Microsoft 365 before 9 December.

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