Azure Privacy – Own and Control Your Data
Microsoft is an advocate for organisations retaining ownership and control over the collection, use and distribution of their information. For over 20 years, Microsoft has stood by this principle and has been committed to creating secure online solutions that will protect their customers’ privacy and data.
Microsoft’s privacy practices are transparent, offering meaningful privacy choices for customers alongside responsible management of the data they store and process. A benchmark of their commitment to data privacy is their adoption of the world’s first code of practice for cloud privacy, ISO/IEC 27018.
Own your own data:
As an Azure customer, you retain ownership of all your customer data that is provided to Microsoft by you or on your behalf, through Azure. This includes text, sound, video or image files and software. You will not need assistance from Microsoft to access your data. You can do this at any time. As part of your ownership, Microsoft does not use customer data for advertising or data mining.
Control your data:
As the customer data you host on Azure belongs to you, it is you that controls where it is stored and how it is securely accessed and deleted.
Microsoft’s response to government and law enforcement requests to access data:
In order to access customer data from Microsoft, for example for national security purposes, a government must follow the correct legal process which includes serving Microsoft with a court order for content or a subpoena for account information.
Unless legally prohibited from doing so, Microsoft will notify its customers if they are legally compelled to disclose their data and provide a copy of the demand.
Microsoft does not provide any government with direct or unfettered access to customer data, except as directed by the customer or where required by law.
Learn more about Microsoft Data Privacy