Microsoft will allow you to store your data outside the US

23 January 2014

Bitterwallet - Microsoft logo The Eagle Flies at Midnight. Er, we mean - Microsoft has pledged to allow foreign users to have their personal information stored outside America, after concerns about US government spying.

The decision comes after Edward Snowden’s allegations about the National Security Agency’s rather underhand methods of collecting data. Microsoft’s Brad Smith said that the company were addressing customer concerns about the extent of NSA snooping.

Although no concrete plans have been made as yet, it means that non-US users can choose where their data is stored – for example, if you’re in the UK , you can have your information stored in a facility in Ireland, away from the prying eyes of the NSA.

Smith said: ‘People should have the ability to know whether their data is being subjected to to the laws and access of governments in some other country and should have the ability to make an informed choice about where their data resides.’

Yesterday, Microsoft assured a panel in Davos that they had never given information to government agencies and that any requests made to its data centres by governments had to be lawful.

Smith added: ‘We have never turned over to any government any information that belongs to another business, another government, or an NGO. It is not our right, no one elected us to simply turn over someone’s information.’

It’s the first time a large American corporation has openly acknowledged that the Edward Snowden leaks have created a crisis of confidence amongst non- American customers. Most other American tech companies have taken a unified stance and refused to store data outside the US.

Oooh, poisoned umbrellas at dawn…

TOPICS:   Technology   Privacy


  • bugger y.
    Makes no difference as the US gov has stated they believe they should have access to anything held by an American company including anything held outside the U.S.
  • matron
    And even if it wasn't an American company it wouldn't stop them. This is an arse-covering exercise for MS so they can point to it when people express concerns about privacy and security. In reality the NSA, GCHQ etc probably have legal rights to most stuff they'd want to see, and would just hack and steal the rest.
  • ed
    I store all my data myself with backups off-site in case anything bad happens like a fire or theft. That's what companies did before the internet came along and now with terabytes of storage being so cheap anyone can do it.

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