With cloud services becoming more and more popular, the security of data storage no longer falls on everyone who has a computer, it falls on the company maintaining the cloud itself, which is why Microsoft is having privacy issues. Some cloud servers will move to Germany for a better organization.
This privacy problem started when a contractor of the NSA, Edward Snowden, released information about the US surveillance operation. The threat of different agencies around the globe getting their hands on private information and eventually releasing it, spurred the search for a better way of storing said information. Microsoft, already having a batch of cloud servers stocked up in Ireland, decided that the next step towards a better security system is to move another batch to Germany. One of the reasons why Germany was elected to carry those servers may have been that in the US’s NSA surveillance practices, it was one of the most vocal parties against such practices, next to Brazil.
Microsoft will partner with Deutsche Telekom in order to safeguard the servers, while a branch of Deutsche Telekom, mainly T-Systems will handle the servers as a trustee and sister company of the German conglomerate. All the access to personal information and data will be controlled solely by Deutsche Telekom in the future.
Along with keeping its servers safe, Microsoft has used this move in order to publicly show major companies that their servers can be trusted and that their data will be safe even if a third party (the US government for example) asks for the release of said data, or at least that how they hope it will work.
The two data centers that Microsoft and Deutsche Telekom will be building will be situated in Magdeburg and Frankfurt and will most likely have the same security protocols that the other Microsoft data center in Middenmeer, Netherlands such as fingerprint and retina scan, cards that change periodically throughout the day and other physical ways to ensure the safety of the data centers.
This recent trend of moving cloud data centers around the world is not caused only by the need of privacy. Another reason why companies like Cisco, IBM and Oracle are spreading their reach more and more is to further their global footprint for reasons like publicity and a better image.
But the problem isn’t that Microsoft is having privacy issues. Some cloud servers will move to Germany in order to be safer from prying eyes, the company should feel safe in the first place, without the need of constantly moving its data centers.