Microsoft Gives Support to GDPR with Updated Compliance Tools

Ceria Alfonso
May 28, 2018

"We are embedding personal data protection and security in our products from the earliest stages and we are committed to complying with the EU's General Regulation on the Protection of Personal Data", said the spokesperson of Google.

"GDPR allows processing of data strictly required for the service, but using this information for commercials and their sale requires an unforced user consent", says noyb.eu in a press release. According to BBC, activist Max Schrems says users who do not agree having their data used for targeted advertising only have the option to delete their accounts and forego the service.

US news outlets including The Chicago Tribune, The Los Angeles Times and The Arizona Daily Star abruptly blocked access to their websites from Europe on Friday, choosing to black out readers rather than comply with a strict new data-privacy law in the European Union that limits what information can be collected about people online.

But it has also been blamed for a flood of emails and messages in consumers' inboxes in recent weeks as anxious businesses rush to update their privacy policies and request the explicit consent of users.

The most notable blackouts were by news organizations tied to the American media company Tronc.

The ramifications were visible from day one, with major US -media outlets including the LA Times and Chicago Tribune forced to shutter their websites in parts of Europe. "We continue to identify technical compliance solutions that will provide all readers with our award-winning journalism".

Hundreds of companies have been alerting customers because of a new law in Europe.

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So to ensure you benefit from the new law, it helps to examine the revamped privacy policies we are all getting. It's a safe bet that, even with Google, they're going to experience a major revenue hit because advertisers - forced to comply with GDPR, too - are likely to reduce their budgets and take a wait-and-see approach.

The GDPR is not only already forcing companies to give insight into the data they collect on you - it's also highlighting those that simply don't care about your privacy. Companies also have to inform users of a data breach within 72 hours of discovery, and the law requires companies to appoint a person to be in charge of data protection. "With the new rules in place, European Union data protection authorities will watch over their correct application across the European Union and ensure full compliance".

Schrems most recently founded a not-for-profit digital rights organization to focus on strategic litigation around the bloc's updated privacy framework, and the complaints have been filed via this crowdfunded NGO - which is called noyb (aka "none of your business").

A previous case brought by Schrems against Facebook triggered the collapse of a previous EU-US data sharing agreement. Finland's Data Protection Ombudsman Reijo Aarnio said that was a "typical issue of interpretation", adding it was probably fine to assume that a sauna schedule can be visible.

According to the new chair of the EDPB, Andrea Jelinek, Head of Austria's Data Protection Authority, the Board is fully functioning, despite the fact that not all European Union member states have caught up.

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Twitter that "with the GDPR we are building a European sovereignty on data". Businesses, large and small, have had at least two years to prepare for seismic changes to the laws that govern consumers' rights over data and the day of reckoning is finally here.

However, some Taiwanese lenders would have to do more than their peers, Koo said, noting that the six state-run banks that have branches in Europe would have to appoint data protection officers who report to chief privacy officers and commit additional resources toward information and information transmission security.

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