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Microsoft will ensue its cloud services are fully compliant with the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The European Union (EU) privacy legislation will be enacted next year. In a blog post today, Microsoft says is will be compliant across cloud services when the new regulations are enforced from May 25, 2018.

The General Data Protection Regulation is the biggest change to EU privacy law in decades. Under GDPR law, companies will be mandated to protect personal data. The European-wide law means organizations must respect data no matter where it is sent or stored.

In a blog post, Microsoft says complying with the regulations will be challenging for companies. However, it promises its cloud services will meet the regulatory standards. The company says “GDPR is part of our holistic cloud compliance investments.”

Microsoft adds that the compliance furthers its commitment to cloud trust. This includes ensuring security, transparency, and privacy across if large number of cloud services. Among Microsoft’s cloud customers are over 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies. It is important for the company to offer cloud services that comply with security regulations around the world.

GDPR Compliance

GDPR will begin May 25, 2018. Microsoft has explained how it compliance will be implemented:

  • Technology that meets your needs – You can leverage our broad portfolio of enterprise cloud services to meet your GDPR obligations for areas including deletion, rectification, transfer of, access to and objection to processing of personal data. Furthermore, you can count on our extensive global partner ecosystem for expert support as you use Microsoft technologies.
  • Contractual commitments – We are standing behind you through contractual commitments for our cloud services, including timely security support and notifications in accordance with the new GDPR requirements. In March 2017, our customer licensing agreements for Microsoft cloud services will include commitments to be GDPR compliant when enforcement begins.
  • Sharing our experience – We will share Microsoft’s GDPR compliance journey so you can adapt what we have learned to help you craft the best path forward for your organization.