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Microsoft to extend GDPR rights to users worldwide

The GDPR will come into force in the EU from 25 May. The GDPR will come into force in the EU from 25 May. Pixabay

Microsoft will extend the same rights that are at the heart of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation to all its users worldwide, the company has announced.

A blog post by corporate vice-president and deputy general counsel, Julie Brill, also praised the "strong leadership by the European Union on these important issues".

Outlining Microsoft's support for the GDPR since it was first proposed in 2012, Brill said: "That’s why today we are announcing that we will extend the rights that are at the heart of GDPR to all of our consumer customers worldwide.

"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. Our privacy dashboard gives users the tools they need to take control of their data."

The GDPR takes effect on 25 May and many companies, both in the technology and other sectors, are scrambling to be compliant with its specifications.

It has been estimated by management consulting firm Oliver Wyman that the EU would reap about US$6 billion in fines from organisations that are not in compliance during the first year of the GDPR.

But Microsoft will clearly not fall into that bracket.

Said Brill: "GDPR is an important step forward for privacy rights in Europe and around the world, and we’ve been enthusiastic supporters of GDPR since it was first proposed in 2012.

"It sets a strong standard for privacy and data protection by empowering people to control their personal information."

Brill said Microsoft was committed to making sure that its products and services comply with the legislation.

"That’s why we’ve had more than 1600 engineers across the company working on GDPR projects. Since its enactment in 2016, we’ve made significant investments to redesign our tools, systems and processes to meet the requirements of GDPR.

"Today, GDPR compliance is deeply ingrained in the culture at Microsoft and embedded in the processes and practices that are at the heart of how we build and deliver products and services."


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