In response to massive surveillance concerns stemming from reports of the National Security Agency’s monitoring of foreign citizens, Microsoft is offering its foreign customers the ability to store personal data on servers outside the U.S. 

According to a report in the Financial Times, other tech companies were not in favor of the idea, but Microsoft felt it necessary to implement the changes following leaks that the NSA was spying on foreign citizens in dignitaries in countries across the world. 

“People should have the ability to know whether their data are being subjected to the laws and access of governments in some other country and should have the ability to make an informed choice of where their data resides,” Brad Smith, general counsel of Microsoft told the Financial Times.