Microsoft is Putting Servers in Germany to Keep User Data Away from US Intelligence Agencies

Microsoft today announced plans to deliver the Microsoft Cloud, including Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online from two new datacenter regions, located in Magdeburg and Frankfurt am Main, Germany. “Microsoft’s mission is to empower every person and every individual on the planet to achieve more,” said Satya Nadella, chief executive officer, Microsoft. “Our new datacenter regions in Germany, operated in partnership with Deutsche Telekom, will not only spur local innovation and growth, but offer customers choice and trust in how their data is handled and where it is stored.”

The phrase “trust in how their data is handled and where it is stored” would appear to be a reference to keeping corporate information out of reach of government spies. Even Microsoft employees reportedly will not be able to access the information stored in the datacenters without the customer’s permission. German laws also prohibit the release of information to any government agencies, not even those of the German government.

The announcement also states, “These locally deployed versions of Microsoft’s commercial cloud services adhere to German data handling regulations and customers will be able to view how and where data is processed. Two datacenter regions in Germany ensure business continuity and will be exchanged through a private network to ensure data resides in Germany.”

You can read the full announcement at http://news.microsoft.com/europe/2015/11/11/45283/.

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