According to the authorities, Windows 10 and Microsoft Office transfer citizens’ data to US data centers.
The government of the federal state of Hessen in Germany found that schools cannot use the Office 365 software. According to The Next Web, the reason for this was confidentiality problems.
Data Protection and Freedom of Information Commissioner of the State of Hesse Michael Ronelenfitch ruled that using standard software from Microsoft endangers the personal data of citizens. According to him, Windows 10 and Office 365 collect a variety of information, ranging from system diagnostics to those emails and text snippets from Office.
Government agencies in Germany are especially responsible for the storage and traceability of personal data.Michael RonelenfitchCommissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information of the State of Hesse
Thus, the company violates the rules of the General Data Protection Regulation of the European Union (General Data Protection Regulation, GDPR), which began work in May 2018. It implies that children under 16 cannot independently consent to the processing of personal data. In this regard, the government has offered schools to switch to similar applications that meet the standards of GDPR.
In September 2018, Microsoft changed the way they work with data from Germans. The company kept the information on the servers of Deutsche Telekom, but after the end of the contract, they began to arrive in the US data centers.
This is not the first concern of the authorities of European countries for the transfer of data to US authorities. In April 2019, for this reason, a special messenger Tchap was released in France, intended for civil servants.