Privacy advocates argue about Microsoft

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The German data protectionists argue about whether the Microsoft Office 365 program package can be used in accordance with the rules in administration and public institutions.

This is what “Spiegel” reports in the current issue. A working group of the Data Protection Conference (DSK), in which the federal and state authorities work together, came to the conclusion, after reviewing contracts and documents, that "MS Office 365 cannot be used in accordance with data protection regulations".

Above all, the Bavarian state data protection officers took a stand and did not support the draft. The wording was "legally questionable", they wrote in a circular in August, in which they announced their rejection. The decision would raise the "obvious question of specific measures to suspend MS 365," it said. One is also against publication of the paper. Should the majority see it differently, Bavaria would like "an express identification of its dissenting vote". Microsoft's German headquarters are in Munich. Last autumn, a study commissioned by the Federal Ministry of the Interior showed that 96 percent of all federal authorities use the MS Office package and that there is an “urgent need for action” due to the “strong dependencies” and “(data protection) legal uncertainties”. The Federal Data Protection Officer Ulrich Kelber confirmed on request that there was a “need for further discussion” on the subject, both internally and with the Microsoft group, with which the DSK had “been in dialogue for a long time”. The aim is to submit a final evaluation as soon as possible. "It is important to me that we as supervisory authorities act in a uniform manner."