Microsoft is actively preparing for new GDPR requirements that begin on 05/25/2018

Microsoft this week announced tooling enhancements to help organizations using Azure and Office 365 services meet the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requirements.

The GDPR is a data privacy law that stipulates how the data of EU residents should be handled by organizations. Individuals can request information about stored data, and ask that it be modified or deleted by the organization. The organization, in GDPR lingo, is known as a “data controller.” The law even applies to organizations located outside the EU. There are stiff fines for data privacy violators, up to €20 million or 4% of an organization’s annual revenue turnover, whichever is greater. The GDPR will become active law on May 25, 2018.

Microsoft is promising that its services will be GDPR compliant by that date, and it has spun out a bunch of tools for organizations using its services to also stay in compliance with the GDPR. Some of the tools supporting GDPR compliance include: