According to a news report from the BBC; a court in the USA has ruled thatÂ emailsÂ held in a Microsoft data centre in ireland should be released to the US Government as part of a US investigation.
Although Microsoft plan to appeal, the decision has clear implications for users of Microsoft’s online email services, including Office 365. Despite the data being stored and processed outside US borders, it won’t be protected from US Government enquiries.
That poses problems for companies bound by EU data protection laws because there’s no guarantee that they won’t see their information forcibly expatriated to the US.
Of course any principle applied to Microsoft could also effect Google, Apple and other online service providers with a significant US presence.
The answer could be that for UK and EU companies the best option remains service delivery from an EU based provider.