EU Parliament Bans Usage Of Outlook App For iOS And Android By Its Members Due To Privacy Concerns

Outlook for iOS

Microsoft recently announced the release of Outlook for iOS and a preview of Outlook for Android. The new Outlook app brings together the core tools you need to get things done—your email, calendar, contacts and files—helping you get more done even on the smallest screen. While this app is extremely good and it was well received by millions of consumers. This app has created lots of discussions around security and the way that the application and its back-end infrastructure handle user credentials. You can read more about it here.

Now, members of the European Parliament have been blocked from using Microsoft’s new Outlook apps due to “serious security issues.”

Access to the apps though was blocked on Friday by the Parliament’s IT department, DG ITEC, in order to protect the confidentiality and privacy of its users.

Their issue is that these apps will send password information to Microsoft without permission and will store emails in a third-party cloud service over which the Parliament has no control. Microsoft uses the stored email and calendar entries of the user and index it for faster retrieval.

Microsoft’s response to this issue,

A Microsoft spokesman said the app’s security and privacy capabilities, as well as the controls available to IT administrators, meet the company’s thresholds. If customers have concerns though, they can follow guidance on Controlling Device Access on Microsoft TechNet to block the app and continue using the Outlook Web Access (OWA) for iPhone, iPad, and Android apps, he added.

Source: IT World