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Microsoft Office 365: Banned in German schools over privacy fears
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Quote:The [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] that using the popular cloud platform's standard configuration exposes personal information about students and teachers "to possible access by US officials".
 
That might sound like just another instance of European concerns about data privacy or worries about the current US administration's foreign policy. 
 
 
But in fact the ruling by the Hesse Office for Data Protection and Information Freedom is the result of several years of domestic debate about whether German schools and other state institutions should be using Microsoft software at all.
 
Besides the details that German users provide when they're working with the platform, Microsoft Office 365 also transmits telemetry data back to the US.
 
Last year, [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register] that that data could include anything from standard software diagnostics to user content from inside applications, such as sentences from documents and email subject lines. All of which contravenes the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, the Dutch said.
 
 Germany's own Federal Office for Information Security also recently expressed concerns about [Only registered and activated users can see links Click here to register].
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