Microsoft extends GDPR privacy regulations beyond the EU

By: Costea Lestoc
2 minute read

Microsoft will extend and enforce the latest GDPR regulations regarding privacy beyond the European Union, to all users. Julie Brill, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Microsoft, stated that the tech giant plans to extend the right and obligations involved by the GDPR to all the consumers in the world, not only to the ones in the EU.

Known as Data Subject Rights, they include the right to know what data we collect about you, to correct that data, to delete it and even to take it somewhere else.

New controls added in Microsoft’s account dashboard

The new controls for managing user data are located in the accounts’ dashboard and you’ll find them in the Privacy section. The company also updated the privacy statement for all users to reflect the addition of the GDPR-compatible rules. You can read the complete privacy statement here to find out the latest changes that have been added.

There’s also a portal on Microsoft’s website that lists its efforts to become compatible with GDPR regulations.

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Microsoft’s own approach to GDPR

GDPR’s new regulation brings more protection to user privacy, but it could turn out a nightmarish process for the companies that are doing their businesses in Europe. This resulted in some firms and organizations that are not willing to deal with the new compliance headache, and they blocked access to their public services for the EU users based on the IP addresses.

Some other companies even chose to shut down the services for EU users. There are various names who preferred this road and the most significant ones include Verge, Drawbridge, Tungle, some online games, software providers and more.

Microsoft is the very first tech company that decided to approach the GDPR regulations in its own way and to extend them beyond the EU users.


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