Microsoft to Apply EU GDPR Rights Internationally

May 24, 2018


With the May 25 introduction date the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation approaching, computing titan Microsoft has declared that it will be extending the main secrecy rights of the new European Union law on a global basis.

Julie Brill, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, stated in a recent blog post that: “GDPR is a significant step forward for secrecy rights in Europe and all over the world, and we have been keen supporters of GDPR since it was first suggested in 2012”.

Together with this, Microsoft will be attending the official introduction ceremony for GDPR in Brussels. Brill added: “We trust secrecy is a basic human right. As folks live more of their lives online and rely more on technology to join with friends and family, operate their companies, follow opportunities, and manage their finances and health, the safety of this right is becoming more important than ever”.

“We are dedicated to making certain that our services and products comply with GDPR,” Brill said, adding that Microsoft has over 1,600 engineers throughout the company working on GDPR plans.

“We feel nice about what we attained so far. However, we know that May 25 is not the end of our work. Rather, it’s the start of the next stage of our focus on GDPR”.

The company lately updated its secrecy statement to make it ‘more transparent and clearer’ as part of GDPR compliance. Satya Nadella, Microsoft chief executive speaking lately in Seattle also spoke strongly concerning the company’s concentration on protecting user data. He said: “We must ask ourselves not just what computers can do, but what computers must do” and he mentioned GDPR saying “GDPR is a good, sound law” that Microsoft has been excited since it was first agreed in 2016.

The certified statement from Microsoft disclosing the international rollout of GDPR laws said: “We have been supporting national secrecy legislation in the United States since 2005. We are inspired that some other tech firms are beginning to endorse the requirement to tackle this issue too. While discussion about how to defend data secrecy continues in the U.S., we’re dedicated to moving forward now to take solid steps to help reinforce people’s secrecy protection”.

It added: “That’s why now we are declaring that we will offer the rights that are at the heart of GDPR to all of our consumer customers all over the world. Identified as Data Subject Rights, they include the entitlement to know what data we gather about you, to rectify that data, to erase it and even to take it someplace else. Our secrecy dashboard provides users the tools they require to take control of their data”.