European users of Microsoft should be able to choose from next year to only store data in the European Union, the tech giant reports in a blog on Thursday.

Currently, data is often still stored in the United States.

According to Microsoft CEO Brad Smith, this is a new step for the company to “comply with the requirements of EU data protection law”.

Currently, data often disappears to the United States, out of the sight of the owner of the data.

This has been criticized for some time, including by politicians and regulators.

They are not confident about what happens to their data there.

In Europe we have the GDPR privacy law, but different rules apply in the United States.

Microsoft reports that the commitment applies to both companies and individuals.

This concerns all of the company's cloud services: Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365. The tech giant has already started the work and hopes to have it completed by the end of next year.

According to Microsoft, it is now possible to store the data within Europe, because the company has opened data centers in several European countries in recent years.

This happened in the Netherlands in the North Holland Middenmeer.