Navigating Your Way to the Cloud in Europe
An overview of the regulatory framework and essential resources to guide your digital transformation in both the public and private sectors during economic recovery.
Partnering for Europe’s Digital Future
The pandemic has accelerated the pace of Digital Transformation in almost every sector in Europe. While our daily lives rely heavily on digital devices, trust in technology remains of paramount importance for European customers and citizens who care deeply about the privacy of their data and the security of their internet services. We recognize our enormous responsibility to ensure the technology we build empowers every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more, while at the same time, unequivocally supporting the fundamental rights of people.
The resources on this website aim to guide you through the legal and regulatory environment for cloud and technology in Europe. We place a spotlight on a variety of industry sectors across Europe to help legal, privacy and compliance professionals make informed decisions based on the relevant Data and Privacy considerations.
To learn how to navigate this site, watch our Tutorial.
Getting Started – Know your Data
Cloud decision-makers may not always be sure exactly how cloud services differ from more traditional outsourcing models, nor how they should evaluate the benefits and risks involved when considering the compliance environment for Cloud in Europe.
To start out, there are a few critical steps for every customer considering moving their data to the Cloud: 1) map out exactly what types of data the organisation uses and creates, 2) understand how and where the data will be stored and managed, 3) in addition to the general laws of data protection that affect everyone storing personal data, do you know if your sector has specific regulations relating to how you must treat data stored in the cloud?
These questions and more are addressed in this short checklist.
Answering Europe’s Call:
Storing and Processing EU Data in the EU
Brad Smith, President and Chief Legal Officer, announcing a new pledge for the European Union.
New Industry-Specific Cloud Offerings
For Financial Services and Manufacturing
Accelerating efforts to support and co-innovate with customers and partners based on industry-specific standards.
Addressing Law Enforcement Needs
With Strong Protection for Fundamental Rights
Establishing appropriate safeguards in the context of cross-border requests
The Path to Carbon Negative
Microsoft President and Chief Legal Officer Brad Smith on lessons learned in the first year of the journey towards being carbon negative.
Casper Klynge, Vice President of European Government Affairs, on supporting a digital, green and inclusive economic recovery with technology that’s fit for Europe.
Recovery - What the Experts Are Saying
Lisa Tanzi – Microsoft Corporate Vice President, Global Commercial and Field Group, CELA on what policymakers and experts are saying about rebuilding for a lasting recovery.
EU Cross-Border Data Flows
Julie Brill, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer on assuring customers about EU cross-border data flows.
Preserving Privacy during COVID-19
Julie Brill, Microsoft Corporate Vice President for Global Privacy and Regulatory Affairs and Chief Privacy Officer on Preserving privacy while addressing COVID-19.
Technology Priorities for Recovery and Growth
The role of technology in helping Europe realize its digital ambitions by supporting economic recovery, sustained growth and future jobs.
Sustainability - An Executive Playbook to guide your journey towards a sustainable transformation.
About Microsoft's Trusted Cloud
In a world where data breaches are daily occurrences and regulatory requirements for protecting data are growing, it's essential for organizations to choose a cloud service provider that makes every effort to protect customer data. Microsoft is committed to the highest levels of trust, transparency, standards conformance and regulatory compliance. Our broad suite of cloud products and services are all built from the ground up to address our customers’ most rigorous security and privacy demands.
Keeping trust at the heart of technology
Learn about Microsoft’s global approach to compliance and security.
Go to the Trust Centre >
The four foundational principles of the Trusted Cloud:
Built-in security to safeguard your data
Does your organization know how to prepare for, and manage, a major cyber security incident? Are your stakeholders aware of the technical, operational, legal and communications challenges you will face and how to manage them?
Privacy and Control
Giving you control over your data
Reduce your compliance risks and get ongoing data protection across platforms and applications. Learn more about how Microsoft can help you comply with the GDPR.
Unparalleled investment in meeting global standards
To help you comply with national, regional and industry-specific requirements governing the collection and use of individuals’ data, we provide the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings (including certifications and attestations) of any cloud service provider.
Clear insight into our policies and procedures
We work tirelessly to ensure we are transparent in our operations. We publish information on who has access to your data and where your data is stored.
EU Policy Blog
Follow the EU Policy Blog, Microsoft’s platform for sharing insights on the issues impacting Europe in the digital age. This is a forum for discussing the latest research and trends, as well as regulatory and policy developments, that are shaping how European citizens, businesses, governments and societies use technology to achieve more every day.
Microsoft On the Issues
The official blog on legal, regulatory and policy issues impacting technology today. Follow to stay in the know on Microsoft´s thought leadership on important topics including privacy, accessibility, immigration and the ethical use of AI.
Tools and Weapons:
The Promise and the Peril of the Digital Age
By Brad Smith and Carol Ann Browne with foreword by Bill Gates
Cloud for Global Good
Digital Transformation in the Cloud
Think Cloud Compliance Whitepapers
Cloud Legal & Compliance Community
This is a forum for European legal, privacy and compliance professionals to discuss how to shape the future of cloud-enabled business.