Microsoft’s new Outlook mail app for Android hasn’t been available long, and already it’s seeing some difficulty within some universities as well as EU parliament who are reportedly blocking the use of the app by staff due to concerns over privacy. The issue arises over what is being referred to as a security risk by those who are blocking access to the application. EU parliament as well as the University of Wisconsin and Delft University in The Netherlands have all reportedly blocked access to the app because Outlook stores contact data in the cloud, stores password information in the cloud and is capable of emailing that information back to Microsoft without the users permission.
It isn’t surprising to see some outfits taking issue with not being able to completely control the flow of personal data associated with corporate email accounts, but Microsoft does at least try to smooth things by stating that all of the risks people are showing concern over are up to Microsoft’s standards. The new Outlook app for Android and iOS was originally launched as simply “Mail” by Acompli, a company which Microsoft bought at the end of last year. Acompli still manages the app although it has now of course been re-branded under the Outlook name.