Microsoft staff based overseas will have access to servers in Australia where top-secret government data is stored on the company's Azure cloud service.
The Australian Senate has reversed its position and backed a motion by the Greens calling for the adoption of more stringent privacy protections in line with the EU's General Data Protection Regulation, acknowledging that it is world's best practice.
The Australian Labor Party and the Australian Greens have reacted to the controversy over Microsoft gaining Protected status for accessing Australian Government data by some of its services, with the former saying it had sought a briefing with the minister concerned and the Greens saying a full explanation was needed from the Australian Signals Directorate.
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