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Friday, July 8, 2011

Microsoft admits Patriot Act can access EU-based cloud data

By Zack Whittaker

LONDON ? At the Office 365 launch, Gordon Frazer, managing director of Microsoft UK, gave the first admission that cloud data ? regardless of where it is in the world ? is not protected against the USA PATRIOT Act.

It was honestly music to my ears. After a year of researching the Patriot Act?s breadth and ability to access data held within protected EU boundaries, Microsoft finally and openly admitted it.

The question put forward:

?Can Microsoft guarantee that EU-stored data, held in EU based datacenters, will not leave the European Economic Area under any circumstances ? even under a request by the Patriot Act??
Frazer explained that, as Microsoft is a U.S.-headquartered company, it has to comply with local laws (the United States, as well as any other location where one of its subsidiary companies is based).

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