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      Don’t know how many Euro users there are here, but this sure is a slammer:

      “Last week, the German state of Hesse declared that its schools may not legally use the Office 365 cloud product. Hesse is one of the sixteen federal states of Germany, with a population of roughly six million (of roughly 83 million Germans). Although the press release specifically targets Office 365, it notes that competing Apple and Google cloud suites also do not satisfy German privacy regulations for use in schools.”

      https://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2019/07/germany-threatens-to-break-up-with-microsoft-office-again/

      To paraphrase one reader on Ars, “The US and UK slide into the chaos of obfuscated and contradictory privacy regulations,  whilst Germany champions privacy.

      “What a time to be alive.”

      Especially if you’re a historian.

      Wow.

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      mn–
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      Well yeah.

      Note that this is one member state of one EU member country, making public of an administrative ruling about interpreting the law as it pertains to local operations… not a court decision and not directly applicable even in the rest of Germany, but informative regarding GDPR in all of EU.

      (Unless the tricky part is state-level contract law regarding informed consent and minors, which might conceivably be a non-GDPR reason for this… actually not unlikely as government-run schools may not be able to require third-party data processing consent as a condition of being accepted into a compulsory education class.)

      Also…

      In August 2017, the HBDI ruled that Office 365 could legally be used by schools so long as the back end for the school accounts was stored in Microsoft’s German-located cloud. A year later, Microsoft closed its German cloud datacenter,

      Well duh. Legal as long as you do X -> stop doing X -> no longer legal.

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      Alex5723
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      Microsoft is reportedly sharing Indian banking data with US intelligence

      Microsoft is reportedly sharing Indian banking data with US intelligence

      MICROSOFT HAS BEEN accused by Indian financial institutions of deliberately sharing data about customers with US Intelligence Agencies.

      A report in the Indian press cites a document from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) which found that banks which have migrated to Microsoft Office 365 services have had their customers’ data shared with the US in order to comply with US law…

      https://www.theinquirer.net/inquirer/news/3065535/microsoft-shared-indian-bank-data-with-us-intelligence-without-warning-customers

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