Review Microsoft cloud governance and privacy practices

Are you a privacy manager, corporate counsel, or governance professional?

If so, you’ll find information here about Microsoft cloud compliance with regulations that matter to you, how Microsoft maintains the privacy of your data, and the policies—including those concerning data residency, sovereignty, and access—that undergird the privacy protections in Microsoft cloud services.

Microsoft helps organizations become compliant with regulatory requirements

Keeping your organization in compliance with an ever-changing regulatory landscape is—by definition—a never-ending challenge.

To help organizations comply with national, regional, and industry-specific requirements governing the collection and use of individuals’ data, Microsoft provides the most comprehensive set of compliance offerings of any cloud service provider. To demonstrate that these controls deliver compliance you can rely on, Microsoft enterprise cloud services are independently validated through certifications and attestations as well as third-party audits.

Microsoft policies that underlie our approach to data privacy

Microsoft sees privacy as a fundamental human right, and when it comes to our products, we are committed to providing our customers with the information and controls they need to make their own choices about how their data is collected and used. Our policies and processes help keep your data private and in your control.

The Microsoft Privacy Standard is the cornerstone of the privacy program at Microsoft. This authoritative document includes the business processes we follow to achieve privacy compliance, and delineates the general privacy requirements for developing and deploying Microsoft products and services. It sets rules to help us keep your customer data secure, and handle and store it in a way that helps safeguard its privacy.

Microsoft Online Services Privacy Statement describes Microsoft data protection policies and practices in clear, straightforward language. The Microsoft Privacy Statement applies to Microsoft Cognitive Services.

A Cloud for Global Good. Microsoft offers a policy roadmap—a set of 78 recommendations in 15 policy categories—as the foundation for a regulatory environment that leads to a trusted, responsible, and inclusive cloud.

Microsoft cloud services help protect the privacy of your data

Microsoft understands that when you use our business cloud services, you are entrusting us with your most valuable asset—your data. You trust that its privacy will be protected, and that it will be used only in a way that is consistent with your expectations.

Our approach to privacy is grounded in our commitment to give you control of the collection, use, and distribution of your customer data. We are transparent about the specific policies, operational practices, and technologies that help ensure the privacy of your data in Microsoft business cloud services.

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