Microsoft Corp vowed to challenge all government requests to access its customers’ information in an effort to address increasing European Union scrutiny on the security of data sent to the US.
The software giant will also compensate users whose information is inappropriately disclosed to government agencies, Microsoft Chief Privacy Officer Julie Brill said in a blog post on Thursday.
Microsoft is one of a number of big tech companies working to continue to legally send data to the US after a landmark EU court judgment in July overturned the primary system used to move information from Europe to the US, called Privacy Shield. The judges based the decision on concerns that user information was unsafe from prying by American intelligence services.
Companies transferring data to the US using “contractual clauses” — one of the few legal methods remaining — now have to implement extra privacy measures, such as encryption. If companies or regulators deem that customer data is unsafe