The Netherlands bans Microsoft’s mobile Office apps as non-GDPR compliant


Microsoft has once again run into problems with European data regulators after the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security has declared Microsoft’s mobile Office apps persona non grata for government use.

They commissioned a report from the Privacy Company who found that while Microsoft’s desktop Office 365 ProPlus applications respected GDPR rules Microsoft’s mobile apps and Office Online apps still exported user telemetry data to the USA without proper data controls.

Microsoft had earlier worked with the Dutch government in 2018 to make their desktop apps, used by 30,000 government workers,  compliant with European privacy rules after it was found the apps gathered and exported telemetry data such as email addresses and translation requests to the USA.

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