The new European Union tech regulations are clear and restrictive: Microsoft adapts with a new function.

For some a diktat, or more precisely an either/or. There are those who have tried to criticize them, oppose them first, postponing as long as they could the circumvention of certain restrictive rules imposed by the European Union for regulation (rigid and without possible circumventions) in the tech sector. Then he bowed to the new legislation.

Microsoft says yes to the changes imposed by the EU – photo source – Sjbeez

This was the case of Apple, on a war footing for years over the history of a single cable for devices in Europe. He took a stand again and again, trying (in vain) to push his lightning connector forward until he found himself facing an impassable wall. Moral of the story, like it or not, the new iPhone 15s are all equipped with a USB-C cable, for the first time in history.

It is impossible not to have a European market to supply its devices and the vision of a Big Tech, so even Microsoft bows to the regulations imposed by the European Union, simply adapting: here are new functions, also active in Italy.

Sovereign data: Microsoft and the new data residency features for its cloud

Privacy and data sovereignty: key concepts for the Redmond giant, which has added new features related to EU Data Boundary for Microsoft Cloud, where it is committed to storing and processing customer data and personal data for Microsoft corporate online services, including Azure, Dynamics 365, Power Platform and Microsoft 365, subject to limited circumstances where customer data and personal data will continue to be transferred outside the EU data border, but always with users’ consent.

Microsoft, a 2024 marked by new features for data sovereignty – photo source – Sjbeez

Data sovereignty was said: documents, images, emails and the like will be archived on servers physically located in the European Union: personal data will also benefit from this treatment. A starting point, not an end point as Microsoft is implementing European-based technologies designed to further protect personal data within the geographic region when accessed remotely, in order to monitor system activity and conditions .

In an official note, Microsoft adapts to the new data standard by changing the timing for localizing additional categories of personal data, including that provided when receiving technical support. Other features will be released in 2024, all aimed at privacy and data sovereignty.

Increasingly armored, including among the new features also that information that will be saved on servers resident in the EU and, in case access to this information outside the EU area is necessary, the transfer will be temporary and limited. The European Union wants it that way, and Microsoft says yes (I obey).