Microsoft held a press conference in Berlin on Wednesday announcing a partnership with Deutsche Telekom that will allow the American tech giant to protect the data of European customers from the US government by storing personal data in data centers in Germany.
While it may seem like a logical move to keep data for European users close to home, Microsoft is making a bold statement by admitting that they are unable to protect data from the US government.
Other US companies have already opened data centers abroad for their customers, but by partnering with Deutsche Telekom, Microsoft is placing all of that data under the control of the German-owned corporation. That small loophole offers much greater protection against the American government.
Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella told the Financial Times that the move was a result of the disclosures made by Edward Snowden and the company felt it was necessary to regain the trust of its foreign customers.
T-Systems, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary set up to manage Microsoft’s data, is expected to open up two facilities by the end of 2016. When they do open for business though, that protection will come at a cost, as users will need to fork over some cash if they want their data to be kept from US authorities.
Source: Financial Times