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Microsoft has announced its adoption of the International Organization for Standardization’s cloud privacy standard for the protection of private data stored in the cloud computing environment, ISO/IEC 27018:2014.

This claim by Microsoft has been verified by the British Standards Institute (BSI), indicating that Microsoft Azure, Office 365 and Dynamics CRM Online adhere to the ISO regulation.

According to Brad Smith, Microsoft’s Executive Vice President for legal affairs, the adoption of the PII protection standard “is just one way we’ve been working to help strengthen privacy and compliance protections for our customers in the cloud.”

The International Organization for Standardization’s (ISO) code of practice for protection of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in the public cloud, requires that cloud service providers follow established guidelines for the privacy and protection of the Personally Identifiable Information.

Among other things, the guideline stipulates that instructions provided by the users are to be followed accordingly. It also stipulates that the cloud service provider cannot at anytime pass on PII, not even to the government, without informing the user except where its stated otherwise in the law.

Microsoft believes this move will increase customers’ confidence in their cloud service.

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