German DPAs Microsoft Office 365 report could have wider implications

29/11/2022 | TechCrunch

The report from the German data protection authorities (DPAs) Working Group following a 2-year investigation over a number of privacy concerns related to Microsoft Office 365 cloud products is tough reading for the Redmond-based technology company. The report concludes Microsoft has been unable to address any of the concerns raised. The report's implications could have a broader reach than in Germany, extending across the EU, where other European regulators are conducting investigations into cloud services over General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance. In February, the European Data Protection Board (EDPB) announced plans for coordinated enforcement from EU Member State data protection authorities in relation to cloud services.

The Working Group's report focused on Microsoft 365's compliance with specific provisions of the GDPR. In October 2020, the majority of German state DPAs (9-8) decided Microsoft Office 365 did not comply with data protection standards. This followed a report in January of the same year. 

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