Where’s my PowerBI data?

Nervous where your data will end up when you hit “publish” on PowerBI?

You needn’t be – it’s clearly shown if you go into “About Power BI” through the “?” question mark on top right ribbon.

If you haven’t already got a account, what are you waiting for? Ah, well Microsoft did stop giving out completely free PowerBI Pro accounts (whilst extending those of us lucky enough to have one at the time!) but if you’re on Office 365, you can get a 60 day (or 100 in some cases) completely free trial – just get your admin to assign one, it’s easy! Otherwise, contact us and we can provide PowerBI Pro accounts for less than £8 per month (annual commitment). Ok, back to the plot…

Once in “About Power BI” you’ll see similar confirmation to:

That’s it! So in our case, our organisation in the UK has it’s data in Microsoft’s North Europe (Ireland) datacentre – nowhere else, nothing in the USA etc… so you just need to ensure compliance of GDPR and other security and privacy policies for that location. They have a very recent update and good documentation at

Of course, this may become slightly awkward after any Brexit, but you can be sure Microsoft will be quick to move their datacentres to the UK if necessary to maintain one of their best customer countries for cloud provision. And if you need to pull out, just delete the datasets and reports and even close your account (see that link for data retention too) – you’ll still be able to use local PowerBI Desktop and even publish to your own SQL Server using SSRS if necessary.

So, what’s stopping you? 🙂 Drop us a line if you want to set things up.


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