Earning your trust with contractual commitments to the General Data Protection Regulation

Trust is central to Microsoft’s mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. So that you can trust the Microsoft products and services you use, we take a principled approach with strong commitments to privacy, security, compliance and transparency. This approach includes helping you on your journey to meet the requirements of the European Union’s General Data Protection regulation (GDPR), a privacy regulation which goes into effect on May 25, 2018.

If your organization collects, hosts or analyzes personal data of EU residents, GDPR provisions require you to use third-party data processors who guarantee their ability to implement the technical and organizational requirements of the GDPR. To further earn your trust, we are making contractual commitments available to you that provide key GDPR-related assurances about our services. Our contractual commitments guarantee that you can:

  • Respond to requests to correct, amend or delete personal data.
  • Detect and report personal data breaches.
  • Demonstrate your compliance with the GDPR.

Microsoft is the first global cloud services provider to publicly offer you these contractual commitments. We believe privacy is a fundamental right. The GDPR is an important step forward to further clarify and enable individual privacy rights and look forward to sharing additional updates how we can help you comply with this new regulation and, in the process, advance personal privacy protections.

Please visit www.microsoft.com/GDPR to learn more about Microsoft’s commitment to privacy, our GDPR contractual commitments, and Microsoft’s perspective on how to begin your GDPR journey. Also, come meet with us at our booth and attend our panel discussions at the International Association of Privacy Professionals’ Global Privacy Summit in Washington, D.C., this week.

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