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Craig Hale

European Commission facing rebuke for using Microsoft 365


The European Commission is under intense scrutiny as the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) has issued a stern rebuke for severe data protection infringements, all of which are directly linked to the Commission’s use of Microsoft 365.

The investigation, initiated in May 2021, has unearthed alarming concerns about the transfer of personal data outside the EU and EEA, a finding that has serious implications for data protection.

According to the EDPS report, several breaches had been made, emphasizing the Commission’s failure to implement adequate safeguards for personal data transfers beyond the protection of the EU and EEA.

European Commission in trouble for its use of Microsoft 365

Wojciech Wiewiórowski, EDPS, underscored the gravity of the situation: “It is the responsibility of the EU institutions, bodies, offices and agencies (EUIs) to ensure that any processing of personal data outside and inside the EU/EEA, including in the context of cloud-based services, is accompanied by robust data protection safeguards and measures.”

As part of the corrective measures, the European Commission has been directed to suspend all data flows through Microsoft 365 to Microsoft and its affiliates outside of the EU and EEA not covered by an adequacy decision.

The EC has also been given until December 9, 2024 to make its processing operations compliant, with the EDPS claiming that its reaction has been “appropriate, necessary and proportionate.”

Microsoft stressed that its products are GDPR-compliant and that European customers can continue to use tools like Microsoft 365, however the severity of the infringements and the following reactions serve as an important reminder of the importance to adhere to EU Data Protection Regulations.

More broadly, Microsoft is a name that’s on the tip of European workers’ tongues for other reasons, including the ongoing antitrust case relating to its dominance in the cloud business, which is allegedly a result of its unfair business practices.

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