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Microsoft’s UK data centres, Security and GDPR compliance

In late 2016, Microsoft opened their three state of the art UK data centres in London, Durham and Cardiff, enabling their products to service highly regulated UK industries such as Healthcare, National Defence and the Public Sector. Previously this was not possible due to a variety of strict regulations specifying that the data must be stored within the UK and not housed at a data centre in Europe, where it was previously.

Enhancing business transformation potential with Microsoft’s three UK data centres.

Initially only Microsoft Office 365, SharePoint and Microsoft Azure were housed in their UK data centres, however a few months ago Microsoft announced that Dynamics 365 would also be housed in the UK. This new development makes Microsoft the first global provider to offer their Cloud product stack from their UK data centres.

Larger UK enterprises such as those shown below are currently using Microsoft’s cloud service due to the new data centres and also their ability to backup their data at one of the other data centres still within the UK. Many more are now following suit…

Infinity Group - UK Microsoft clients

Microsoft’s secure data centres


Microsoft and GDPR compliance

Microsoft has the most comprehensive and secure set of compliance offerings of any cloud provider and are seriously committed to security, privacy, transparency, compliance alongside GDPR compliance.  They were also the first provider to obtain the prestigious ISO 27018 cloud privacy standard.

The Microsoft Trust Center provides legal and compliance teams with a comprehensive directory of reports and resources which help organisations understand and verify the compliance requirements of all Microsoft cloud deployments.

Their wide range of enterprise cloud services can assist organisations in achieving GDPR compliance for the following disciplines including: file deletion, rectification, transfer of, access to and objection to processing of personal data. From March 2017, all Microsoft customer licensing agreements include commitments for GDPR compliance when it’s enforced in May 2018.

If your organisation previously had to discount Microsoft product subscriptions due to strict data regulations or you are keen to find out more about Microsoft Dynamics 365 and GDPR compliance, please get in touch with one of our Consultants.