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EU Privacy Authorities Give Microsoft's Cloud Contracts A Stamp Of Approval
 
Microsoft's relationship with the European Union has never been easy. Witness the yearslong antitrust battle over Microsoft's bundling of its Internet Explorer browser with Windows. That makes this week's news that European Union data protection authorities ruled that Microsoft's cloud service contracts meet EU privacy laws all the more surprising.
 
The decision means that customers using Microsoft's Azure, Office 365, Dynamics CRM and Intune cloud services can move data freely through the cloud from Europe to the rest of the world, according to a blog post by Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel. Smith said Microsoft is the first company to receive such approval.