The German State of Hesse Is Putting Ban On Microsoft and Google

It appears that Germans take their privacy critically. Or at least seriously sufficient that the German state of Hesse has declared that it is illegal for its primary schools to use Microsoft Office 365, the cloud-based version of the corporate’s popular productivity software.

In line with the Hessian Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI)–which, is quite the title Office 365 would not offer the level of control that will fulfill privacy regulations for schools.

That additionally appears to be true of Apple and Google as well, which means that schools cannot use iCloud or Google Docs either.

Hesse has a population of a little over six million individuals, with a school-age population of far less, which means that this is not going to break the bank for any of these corporations, however, it represents a real concern.

It seems that since the cloud-based software collects personal info and telemetry data related to customers, and that info is stored on firm servers, the concern is that U.S. authorities might compel access to that data.

Or, stated another way, the HBDI would very much like for corporations to keep details about its citizens on servers within its borders. That is not something Microsoft or any of the businesses involved seem overly interested in.

The HBDI has mentioned that it would like to work with Microsoft, however, what that really means is that it wants Microsoft to make dramatic changes to the way in which it handles information generated from its cloud-based services.