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German Privacy Commissioner’s Ban on Microsoft Office Punishes Students

by Eline Chivot
Michael Ronellenfitsch

It is now illegal for schools in the German state of Hesse to use Microsoft’s Office 365 productivity software thanks to a ruling by the state’s Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information (HBDI), who recently declared that the cloud-based platform violates German privacy laws because it exposes students and teachers’ personal information to “possible access by U.S. authorities.” The HBDI’s decision is a striking example of how overly restrictive privacy laws can leave European consumers worse off by making valuable technology off limits.

Read the full article in The Local.

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