EMPLOYEES OF the European Parliament have been told to uninstall the new Outlook app for mobile following privacy concerns.
As we reported last week, the new app, a rebranded version of Acompli, as purchased by the company last year, was shown to have a number of serious flaws owing to the amount of private data that was automatically shared with Microsoft's servers.
Security researcher Rene Winklemeyer branded the app a "security nightmare".
It turns out that, despite Microsoft's denial that there is anything wrong with the app, the European Parliament isn't taking any chances, issuing a decree stating: "Please do not install this application, and in case you have already done so for your EP corporate mail, please uninstall it immediately and change your password.”
It's not alone. The University of Wisconsin has also expressed concerns at the cloud-based app, and has already blocked access from the app to its Office 365 servers and advised 170 people who have accessed it through the app to change their passwords.
Microsoft is adamant that the double encrypted transfer of data meets all its security standards, but a growing number of organisations are getting nervous. Despite glowing user reviews for the app, Microsoft may have to rethink its strategy.
Despite getting a year's grace at a cost of £5.5m to the taxpayer for extended support from Microsoft, it appears that another extension (likely to be significantly longer) is on the cards. µ
'Some of us like the misery'
That'll surely affect its credit score