EU Model Clauses and HIPAA BAA update now available for all Yammer customers

Today’s post was written by Juliet Wei, senior product marketing manager for the Yammer team.

Yammer’s mission is to enable open team collaboration, and we recognize that sharing goes hand in hand with the right levels of privacy, security and compliance. With more than 85 percent of the Fortune 500 using Yammer to collaborate, our goal is to provide customers with industry-leading privacy and security commitments.

Today I’m thrilled to announce that Yammer has achieved a major compliance milestone to enhance its commitment to the protection of personal data for European customers. Effective immediately, all customers can obtain a Data Processing Agreement with the European Commission’s standard contractual clauses for data processors, known commonly as the “EU Model Clauses (EUMC).” This provides customers with an alternative to transfer personal data from the European Union to the United States.

Additionally, the standard HIPAA Business Associate Agreement (HIPAA BAA) for Microsoft enterprise online services is now available for Yammer customers.

Organizations want a collaboration platform that gives them the right levels of privacy, security, and compliance. The EUMC and use of the standard HIPAA BAA for Microsoft enterprise online services are part of Yammer’s ongoing investments to deliver the protection customers need to collaborate with confidence.

—Juliet Wei

Frequently asked questions

Q. What privacy and security commitments does Yammer offer today?

A. As with all Microsoft Cloud enterprise services, Yammer offers strong privacy and security commitments. Yammer runs in Microsoft managed datacenters in the U.S. and provides the following: Data Processing Agreement with the EU Model Clauses, HIPAA BAA, ISO 27001 certification and compliance with Section 508, the amendment to the Workforce Rehabilitation Act of 1973 for web accessibility.

Q. Do I need to take any action to receive the protection of EU Model Clauses and HIPAA BAA?

A. The Updated Microsoft Online Services Terms, which will include the EU Model Clauses and the standard HIPAA BAA for Microsoft enterprise online services for all of Yammer’s existing and new customers, will be available on January 1, 2016. To obtain the EU Model Clauses or the standard HIPAA BAA for Microsoft enterprise online services immediately, please contact your account manager for an amendment.