The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) (EU) 2016/679 is a regulation in EU law on data protection and privacy for all individuals within the European Union.

Preparing for a new era in privacy regulation with the Microsoft Cloud

It addresses the export of personal data outside the EU. The GDPR aims primarily to give control back to citizens and residents over their personal data and to simplify the regulatory environment for international business by unifying the regulation within the EU.

Unlike a directive, it does not require national governments to pass any enabling legislation and so it is directly binding and applicable.

Failure to adhere to GDPR requirements can prevent trade and other dealings with EU businesses after the deadline. “GDPR is a new European law designed to protect the privacy of citizens by setting new standards in terms of how personal data is handled.

Microsoft has announced several new resources and capabilities to help you respond to GDPR obligations with the Microsoft Cloud. More on how Microsoft is preparing for a new era in privacy regulation with the Microsoft Cloud.