Microsoft said its cloud customers in European Union will be able to process and store parts of their data in the region from January, 2023.
The phased rollout of its “EU data boundary” will apply to all of its core cloud services – Azure, Microsoft 365, Dynamics 365 and Power BI platform.
Big businesses are anxious about the international flow of customer data since the EU introduced the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in 2018, which protects user privacy.
“As we dived deeper into this project, we learned that we needed to be taken more phased approach,” Julie Brill, Microsoft’s Chief Privacy Officer, told Reuters.
“The first phase will be customer data. And then as we move into the next phases, we will be moving logging data, service data and other kind of data into the boundary. The second phase will be completed at the end of 2023 and phase three will be completed in 2024,” she said.
Microsoft operates more than a dozen datacentres across European countries including France, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
Microsoft has previously said it would challenge government requests for customer data, and that it would financially compensate any customer whose data it shared in breach of GDPR.