Introducing more privacy transparency for our commercial cloud customers

At Microsoft, we listen to our customers and strive to address their questions and feedback, because one of our foundational principles is to help our customers succeed. Today Microsoft is announcing an update to the privacy provisions in the Microsoft Online Services Terms (OST) in our commercial cloud contracts that stems from additional feedback we’ve heard from our customers.

Our updated OST will reflect contractual changes we have developed with one of our public sector customers, the Dutch Ministry of Justice and Security (Dutch MoJ). The changes we are making will provide more transparency for our customers over data processing in the Microsoft cloud.

Microsoft is currently the only major cloud provider to offer such terms in the European Economic Area (EEA) and beyond.

We are also announcing that we will offer the new contractual terms to all our commercial customers – public sector and private sector, large enterprises and small and medium businesses – globally. At Microsoft we consider privacy a fundamental right, and we believe stronger privacy protections through greater transparency and accountability should benefit our customers everywhere.

Clarifying Microsoft’s responsibilities for cloud services under the OST update

In anticipation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Microsoft designed most of its enterprise services as services where we are a data processor for our customers, taking the necessary steps to comply with the new data protection laws in Europe. At a basic level, this means Microsoft collects and uses personal data from its enterprise services to provide the online services requested by our customers and for the purposes instructed by our customers. As a processor, Microsoft ensures the integrity and safety of customer data, but that data itself is owned, managed and controlled by the customer.

Through the OST update we are announcing today we will increase our data protection responsibilities for a subset of processing that Microsoft engages in when we provide enterprise services. In the OST update, we will clarify that Microsoft assumes the role of data controller when we process data for specified administrative and operational purposes incident to providing the cloud services covered by this contractual framework, such as Azure, Office 365, Dynamics and Intune. This subset of data processing serves administrative or operational purposes such as account management; financial reporting; combatting cyberattacks on any Microsoft product or service; and complying with our legal obligations.

The change to assert Microsoft as the controller for this specific set of data uses will serve our customers by providing further clarity about how we use data, and about our commitment to be accountable under GDPR to ensure that the data is handled in a compliant way.

Meanwhile, Microsoft will remain the data processor for providing the services, improving and addressing bugs or other issues related to the service, ensuring security of the services, and keeping the services up to date.

As noted above, the updated OST reflects the contractual changes we developed with the Dutch MOJ.  The only substantive differences in the updated terms relate to customer-specific changes requested by the Dutch MOJ, which had to be adapted for the broader global customer base.

The work to provide our updated OST has already begun. We anticipate being able to offer the new contract provisions to all public sector and enterprise customers globally at the beginning of 2020.

Working with our customers to strengthen privacy

Before and after GDPR became law in the EU, Microsoft has taken steps to ensure that we protect the privacy of all who use our products and services. We continue to work on behalf of customers to remain aligned with the evolving legal interpretations of GDPR.  For example, customer feedback from the Dutch MoJ and others has led to the global roll out of a number of new privacy tools across our major services, specific changes to Office 365 ProPlus as well as increased transparency regarding use of diagnostic data.

We remain committed to listening closely to our customers’ needs and concerns regarding privacy. Whenever customer questions arise, we stand ready to focus our engineering, legal and business resources on implementing measures that our customers require. At Microsoft, this is part of our mission to empower every individual and organization on the planet to achieve more.

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For Sale – HP Omen 15 Gaming Laptop Latest Model High Spec BRAND NEW


I have for sale a HP OMEN 15 Gaming laptop

OMEN by HP 15-dh0007na

This is brand new in the box with warranty.

Spec as follows:

i7-9750H 6 core turbo boost to 4.5GHz CPU
16gb DDR4 memory

More info in screenshots

This model retails at £1700 on hp website

I’m asking £1300

Will post first to high feedback members but collection massively preferred.


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For Sale – Apple Macbook 12″ (2017), Magic Keyboards, Magic Trackpad

Very poor timing having just bought a couple of these, but I’ve got a new contract so am down-sizing to a single machine.

Taking pics now….

Apple MacBook 12″ 2017 – £700
Bought from John Lewis a couple of months ago, so has balance of their two year warranty on it
Receipt Included
Boxed, in as-new condition
1.2GHz Dual-Core Intel Core m3

Magic Keyboard 2 – £50 ea
Both are in excellent cosmetic condition and full working order. Not boxed, but I can include an Apple Lightning cable if you need one.

Magic Trackpad 2, Silver, £65
In excellent cosmetic condition and full working order. Not boxed, but I can include an Apple Lightning cable if you need one.

Magic Trackpad 1, £20
This is the silver, original & smaller Magic Trackpad, powered by two AA batteries. Excellent condition and full working order.

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For Sale – Mid-2011 iMac 21″, i5, 8Gb RAM, 500Gb HDD

Hi all, I’m selling my mid-2011 iMac which runs with 8Gb of RAM and a 500Gb hard drive (health check approved). It’s the 21″ screen version.

The device is in great condition aside from a scratch on the front of the bottom bezel (down in photo).

It’s currently running Mac OS X High Sierra.

The official wireless keyboard and mouse are included in the sale.

Feel free to ask any questions, collection preferred due to the size (TS18 – Stockton)

Many thanks

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For Sale – iMac 21.5 inch Late 2015

For sale due to lack of use and collection only.

Specs :

i5 1.6ghz
8GB Ram
1TB Hard Drive
Intel HD Graphics

Comes with Magic Mouse ( no lightning cable supplied ) and wireless keyboard ( 2 battery Version ) and is running OSX Catalina.

There is a mark on the bottom left corner and small chip at top right corner. The foot also has a dent at the front and small chip at the rear. Damage is shown in the pictures.

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For Sale – HP Spectre Pro X360 G1 touchscreen mint condition

Hp Spectre Pro X360 G1 i5 4GB RAM 256GB SSD running windows 10.

Condition is used but the laptop is in pristine condition. I must say not having used a windows laptop for many years this came as a pleasant and very impressive surprise. It’s fast, slick and the touchscreen is excellent. The display is pretty awesome and I use an iMac all day.

Can be used as laptop, in tent mode for watching films or as a full tablet.

Selling as it was intended for my daughter who is now using a Chromebook.

i5 processor
256GB SSD drive
Full HD touchscreen

Comes with HP box and charger.


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