- From Ars Technica: Office 365 declared illegal in German schools due to privacy risks
- From Office Watch (turns out there is a blog specifically for Microsoft Office news): German schools should not use Office 365 says Privacy Commissioner
- And from Nextcloud’s blog (which is a software I use for my own calendaring and contacts, and German schools are using to replace Microsoft Office 365): German data protection organization: use of Office 365 in schools is illegal
Seamus Bellamy writing for boingboing gives a bit more of the background of multiple moves by German governments to drop Microsoft in favor of privacy respecting open source offerings. What it boils down to are two points: first, Germany doesn’t trust Microsoft’s wholesale collection of “telemetry data” (what you’re doing with your own computer and, second, that Microsoft moved it’s servers from German soil to United States soil thereby putting those systems under the legal jurisdiction of the American government, which is also wholesale collecting data on everything going on on the Internet and doesn’t have to tell anyone about it.
Good move, Germany.