Microsoft Office 365, the company's next-generation cloud productivity service, is the first and only major cloud-based platform to offer leading information privacy and security standards for customers operating in the European Union and United States, announced Microsoft.
"As part of its contractual commitment to customers, Microsoft will now sign the EU's model clauses, which will help customers certify compliance with the European Commission's stringent Data Protection Directive, and the U.S.-mandated Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA)," informs Microsoft.
Microsoft also announced the availability of the Office 365 Trust Center. The site provides in-depth information about the privacy and security practices for Office 365 and was recently redesigned to be more accessible and easy to understand.
The new site can be accessed here.
The video below demostrated Office 365 Trust Center:
Also, Microsoft today released a white paper that details many of the specific data protection policies, procedures and tools that have been integrated into Office 365.
"Today's whitepaper, "Privacy in the Public Cloud: The Office 365 Approach," provides detailed answers to the most common cloud privacy questions in the context of one of our most mature cloud services for businesses, public sector agencies and educational institutions," revealed Brendon Lynch, Chief Privacy Officer, Microsoft.
"Office 365 was built from the ground up with strong data protection in mind. A team of privacy professionals was dedicated to the service early in the development cycle and worked in close partnership with engineers, business planners and marketers. As a result, privacy's been an integral part of the service from the beginning, not an afterthought," the white paper outlines.
You can download the Privacy in the Public Cloud: The Office 365 Approach whitepaper here.