Discover GDPR compliance solutions

Discover GDPR compliance solutions

Reduce your compliance risks and get persistent data protection across platforms and applications. Learn how Compliance Manager and the Azure Information Protection scanner can help you meet GDPR requirements.

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Preparing for a new era in privacy regulation

In May 2018, a European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is due to take effect. The GDPR imposes new rules on companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations that offer goods and services to people in the European Union (EU), or that collect and analyze data tied to EU residents. The GDPR applies no matter where you are located.

Microsoft has extensive expertise in protecting data, championing privacy, and complying with complex regulations, and currently complies with both EU-U.S. Privacy Shield and EU Model Clauses. We believe that the GDPR is an important step forward for clarifying and enabling individual privacy rights. We want to help you focus on your core business while efficiently preparing for the GDPR.

We are committed to GDPR compliance across our cloud services when enforcement begins May 25, 2018, and provide GDPR related assurances in our contractual commitments.

Learn more about how our products help you comply with the GDPR, and let us help you get started. You can also find resources like webinars, videos, white papers, and FAQs about the regulation.

Key changes under GDPR

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Personal privacy

Individuals have the right to:

  • Access their personal data
  • Correct errors in their personal data
  • Erase their personal data
  • Object to processing of their personal data
  • Export personal data
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Controls and notifications

Organizations will need to:

  • Protect personal data using appropriate security
  • Notify authorities of personal data breaches
  • Obtain appropriate consents for processing data
  • Keep records detailing data processing
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Transparent policies

Organizations are required to:

  • Provide clear notice of data collection
  • Outline processing purposes and use cases
  • Define data retention and deletion policies
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IT and training

Organizations will need to:

  • Train privacy personnel and employees
  • Audit and update data policies
  • Employ a Data Protection Officer (if required)
  • Create and manage compliant vendor contracts

Enable customer privacy with Microsoft 365

Learn how Microsoft 365 can strengthen data security and streamline your path to GDPR compliance. Get real-time assessments with actionable insights and protect customer data across devices. Simplify compliance using built-in, audit-ready tools in Microsoft 365.

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Manage your compliance from one place

Perform ongoing risk assessment, get actionable insights, and simplify your compliance process when using Microsoft cloud services with Compliance Manager.

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Assess your GDPR compliance

Assess your GDPR compliance

Find out if your organization meets personal data protection requirements. Take our quick, interactive 10-question evaluation to assess your readiness to comply with the GDPR today.

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Detect and secure personal data with Microsoft 365

Discover tools that help your organization manage and protect personal information while streamlining the path to GDPR compliance. Download the webinar, Protecting Personal Data for GDPR with Microsoft 365, today.

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Learn about data governance and the GDPR

Discover the implications of GDPR data governance for your organization. Download the Data Governance for GDPR Compliance: Principles, Processes, and Practices white paper today.

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Prepare now for GDPR compliance

Get ready for the new GDPR privacy requirements on how you collect, store, and use personal information. Learn how moving your data to the cloud supports GDPR compliance in the white paper, Accelerate Your GDPR compliance with the Microsoft Cloud.

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