Data storage and governance in Power Platform

First, it’s important to distinguish between personal data and customer data.

  • Personal data is information about people that can be used to identify them.

  • Customer data includes personal data and other customer information, including URLs, metadata, and employee authentication information, such as DNS names.

Data residency

A Microsoft Entra tenant houses information that's relevant to an organization and its security. When a Microsoft Entra tenant signs up for Power Platform services, the tenant's selected country or region is mapped to the most suitable Azure geography where a Power Platform deployment exists. Power Platform stores customer data in the tenant's assigned Azure geography, or home geo, except where organizations deploy services in multiple regions.

Some organizations have a global presence. For example, a business may be headquartered in the United States but do business in Australia. It may need certain Power Platform data to be stored in Australia to comply with local regulations. When Power Platform services are deployed in more than one Azure geography, it's referred to as a multi-geo deployment. In this case, only metadata related to the environment is stored in the home geo. All metadata and product data in that environment is stored in the remote geo.

Microsoft may replicate data to other regions for data resiliency. We don't replicate or move personal data outside the geo, however. Data replicated to other regions may include non-personal data such as employee authentication information.

Power Platform services are available in specific Azure geographies. For more information about where Power Platform services are available, where your data is stored, and how it's used, go to Microsoft Trust Center. Commitments concerning the location of customer data at rest are specified in the Data Processing Terms of the Microsoft Online Services Terms. Microsoft also provides data centers for sovereign entities.

Data handling

This section outlines how Power Platform stores, processes, and transfers customer data.

Data at rest

Unless otherwise stated in documentation, customer data remains in its original source (for example, Dataverse or SharePoint). A Power Platform app is stored in Azure Storage as part of an environment. Data used in mobile apps is encrypted and stored in SQL Express. In most cases, apps use Azure Storage to persist Power Platform service data and Azure SQL Database to persist service metadata. Data that's entered by app users is stored in the respective data source for the service, such as Dataverse.

All data persisted by Power Platform is encrypted by default using Microsoft-managed keys. Customer data stored in Azure SQL Database is fully encrypted using Azure SQL's Transparent Data Encryption (TDE) technology. Customer data stored in Azure Blob storage is encrypted using Azure Storage Encryption.

Data in processing

Data is in processing when it's being used as part of an interactive scenario, or when a background process, such as a refresh, touches it. Power Platform loads data in processing into the memory space of one or more service workloads. To facilitate the workload's functionality, data that's stored in memory isn't encrypted.

Data in transit

Power Platform requires all incoming HTTP traffic to be encrypted using TLS 1.2 or higher. Requests that try to use TLS 1.1 or lower are rejected.

Advanced security features

Some of Power Platform's advanced security features have specific licensing requirements.

Service tags

A service tag represents a group of IP address prefixes from a specified Azure service. You can use service tags to define network access controls on Network Security Groups or Azure Firewall.

Service tags help to minimize the complexity of frequent updates to network security rules. You can use service tags in place of specific IP addresses when you create security rules that, for example, allow or deny traffic for the corresponding service.

Microsoft manages the address prefixes encompassed by the service tag, and automatically updates the service tag as addresses change. For more information, see Azure IP Ranges and Service Tags - Public Cloud.

Data loss prevention

Power Platform has an extensive set of Data Loss Prevention (DLP) features to help you manage the security of your data.

Storage Shared Access Signature (SAS) IP restriction


Prior to activating either of these SAS features, customers must first allow access to the https://* domain or most SAS functionalities won't work.

This feature set is tenant-specific functionality that restricts Storage Shared Access Signature (SAS) tokens and is controlled through a menu in the Power Platform admin center. This setting restricts who, based on IP, can use enterprise SAS tokens.

This feature is currently in private preview. Public preview is planned for later this spring, with general availability in summer 2024. For more information, see Release Planner.

These settings can be found in a Dataverse environment’s Privacy + Security settings in the admin center. You must turn on the Enable IP address based Storage Shared Access Signature (SAS) rule option.

Admins can enable one of these four configurations for this setting:

Setting Description
IP Binding Only This restricts SAS keys to the requester’s IP.
IP Firewall Only This restricts using SAS keys to only work within an admin specified range.
IP Binding and Firewall This restricts using SAS keys to work within an admin-specified range and only to the requestor's IP.
IP Binding or Firewall Allows SAS keys to be used within the specified range. If the request comes from outside the range, IP Binding is applied.

Products enforcing IP Binding when enabled:

  • Dataverse
  • Power Automate
  • Custom Connectors
  • Power Apps

Impact on Power App experiences

  • When a user, who doesn't meet an environment’s IP address restrictions, opens an app: The following message is displayed: "This app stopped working. Try refreshing your browser." There are plans to update this experience to provide more contextual information to the user as to why the app couldn’t be launched.

  • When a user, who does meet the IP address restrictions, opens an app: The following events occur:

    • A banner with the following message is displayed: “Your organization configured IP address restrictions limiting where Power Apps is accessible. This app may not be accessible when you use another network. Contact your admin for more details.” This banner appears for a few seconds and then disappears.
    • The app may load slower than if IP address restrictions weren’t in place. The IP address restrictions prevent the platform from using some performance capabilities that enable faster load times.

    If a user opens an app, while meeting the IP address requirements and then moves to a new network which no longer meets the IP address requirements, the user may observe app contents such as images, embedded media, and links may not load or be accessible.

Logging of SAS calls

This setting enables all SAS calls within Power Platform to be logged into Purview. This logging shows the relevant metadata for all creation and usage events and can be enabled independently of the above SAS IP restrictions. Power Platform services are currently onboarding SAS calls in 2024.

Field name Field description
response.status_message Informing if the event was successful or not: SASSuccess or SASAuthorizationError.
response.status_code Informing if the event was successful or not: 200, 401, or 500. The data that was attempting to be accessed or created.
enduser.ip_address The public IP of the caller. The unique identifier from the creation event. Searching by this shows all usage and creation events related to the SAS calls from the creation event. Mapped to the “x-ms-sas-operation-id” response header.
request.service_request_id Unique identifier from the request or response and can be used to look up a single record. Mapped to the “x-ms-service-request-id” response header.
version Version of this log schema.
type Generic response. The type of activity this event was: Creation or Usage. Unique ID of the record in Purview. Org ID Environment ID Tenant ID The GUID from Microsoft Entra ID of the creator from the creation event.
enduser.principal_name The UPN/email address of the creator. For usage events this is a generic response: “system@powerplatform”.
enduser.role Generic response: Regular for creation events and System for usage events.

Security in Microsoft Power Platform
Authenticating to Power Platform services
Connecting and authenticating to data sources
Power Platform security FAQs

See also