Microsoft was proud to become the first global cloud service provider to appear on the Department of Commerce’s list of Privacy Shield certified entities as of August 12th 2016. The European Commission adopted The EU-US Privacy Shield Framework on July 12th 2016, replacing the International Safe Harbor Privacy Principles as the mechanism for allowing companies in the EU and the US to transfer personal data across the Atlantic in a manner compliant with the EU data protection requirements. As stated on PrivacyShield.gov,
“The EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework was designed by the U.S. Department of Commerce and European Commission to provide companies on both sides of the Atlantic with a mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States in support of transatlantic commerce.”
Adherence to this framework underscores the importance and priority we at Microsoft put on privacy, compliance, security, and protection of customer data around the globe. A link to Microsoft’s statement of compliance can be found here. The Microsoft Cloud offers an array of integrated tools which can enhance an IT professional’s productivity, supports a broad spectrum of operating systems, is highly scalable, and can integrate with existing customer IT environments. These highly competitive attributes attract a globally diverse customer population whose compliance needs and regulations we are ready and able to support. Check out the Microsoft Trust Center to learn more about our expansive compliance capabilities including our commitment and compliance with the Privacy Shield Framework.