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Microsoft Commits to GDPR Compliance in the Cloud by 2018 Deadline

Microsoft vows GDPR compliance in all cloud services when enforcement of the new EU data privacy regulation begins in May 2018, but companies still must take action to avoid fines.

With less than 15 months left before companies around the world must comply with the EU`s strict new General Data Protection Regulation, Microsoft has promised it will be compliant with GDPR across all cloud services by the deadline in 2018.

Once GDPR enforcement begins in the EU, companies that collect, store or process data related to any EU resident will be required to comply with the new regulation, or they`ll face significant penalties. GDPR compliance will be mandatory for companies located anywhere in the world, and the global nature of the cloud means many companies may be unaware of their need to comply.

Brendon Lynch, Microsoft`s chief privacy officer, called GDPR "the most significant change to European Union (EU) privacy law in two decades," in a blog post. "Complying with the GDPR will not be easy. To simplify your path to compliance, Microsoft is committing to be GDPR-compliant across our cloud services when enforcement begins on May 25, 2018."

Lynch wrote that Microsoft is committed to principles of cloud trust, including "security, privacy, transparency and compliance."

However, moving operations to Microsoft cloud services will be only part of the solution for companies wishing to attain EU GDPR compliance. "While Microsoft is committed to helping you successfully comply with the GDPR, it is important to recognize that compliance is a shared responsibility," Lynch wrote. GDPR compliance will require companies to take steps to meet the regulation`s new requirements, including "greater data access and deletion rules, risk assessment procedures, a data protection officer role for many organizations and data breach notification processes."

"Microsoft is to be commended, not only for its recent announcement on GDPR compliance, but also... Read More »

EU Data-Privacy Regulator Raises Concerns About Windows 10

The European Union's data-protection watchdog says it still has concerns about the information Microsoft is collecting from users of its Windows 10 operating system.

The EU regulator sent Microsoft a letter a year ago raising concerns that the operating system didn't give users enough information or control over what data was being scooped up and sent to the Redmond company's servers.

Microsoft subsequently introduced an expanded settings menu that gives people installing the software more information on data privacy, but the EU's Article 29 Working Party said last week that the changes don't include enough disclosures to customers.

The group "remains concerned about the level of protection of users' personal data," Isabel Falque-Pierrotin, chair of the working party, said in a letter sent to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and company privacy czar Brendon Lynch. The regulator disclosed the letter Tuesday.

It is not clear, Falque-Pierrotin said, to what extent users will be informed about specific data Windows 10 collects. And the new settings leave much to be desired in their specificity, she said.

A Microsoft setting gives users the option to toggle from "full" telemetry data collection to a "basic" level, Falque-Pierrotin wrote. Microsoft's explanation to users says that means the company will collect "less data," without further explanation.

"Microsoft should clearly explain what kinds of personal data are processed for what purposes," the letter said. "Without such information, consent cannot be informed, and therefore, not valid."

In a statement Tuesday, Microsoft said it was listening carefully to comments from the EU and "will continue to cooperate with the Working Party and national data-protection agencies."

The statement said Microsoft's views on protection of user data in Windows 10 were contained in a blog post published in January by Microsoft Windows and Devices chief Terry Myerson. Myerson, outlining coming changes to the operating system's data-notification settings, said the company... Read More »

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