The data privacy regulation landscape is more complex than ever. With new laws emerging in countries like China and India, shifts in Europe and the United Kingdom, and currently 26 different laws across the United States, staying ahead of regulations can feel impossible.
But this work is critical—
We have been working closely with our customers to help. Today, I’m excited to share with you some of the new investments we’re making to attempt to bring some simplicity to the complex topic of data privacy regulations.
With the latest regulation going into effect soon in China, most of the world’s population will soon have its personal data covered under modern privacy regulations. But how organizations manage their regulatory responsibilities with all those laws in mind is often manual, time-consuming, and expensive.
Today, I’m excited to announce that Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 is generally available to help customers safeguard personal data and build a privacy-resilient workplace. With role-based access controls and data de-identified by default, Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 helps organizations to have end-to-end visibility of privacy risks at scale in an automated way.
“Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 will help us identify and prevent critical privacy risks that arise from transferring private data across borders and oversharing,” said Beni Gelzer, Head of Data Privacy (Switzerland), Novartis. “We’ll empower our employees to mitigate risks themselves, freeing our IT resources to focus on more urgent, high-severity risks.”
You can learn more about Novartis’ experience with Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 in their case study.
Because data lives across so many clouds, systems, and applications, solving the challenge of data privacy requires great insight—
To meet you where you are in your privacy journey, we have built APIs that allow you to integrate with your existing processes and solutions to automatically create and manage subject rights requests in Privacy Management.
We’re also excited today to partner with leading privacy software companies—
“Our mission at OneTrust is to empower businesses to build trust into the fabric of their organization and our collaboration with Microsoft supports this,” noted Adam Rykowski, OneTrust Vice President of Product Management. “By automating and syncing the fulfillment of Data Subject Access Requests (DSAR) from OneTrust’s Privacy Management Solution with Privacy Management for Microsoft 365, available within the Microsoft 365 compliance center, we can seamlessly incorporate IT admins into privacy operations from the OneTrust platform.”
You can learn more about these partnerships in today’s Tech Community blog.
Staying ahead of data privacy regulations and understanding the technical actions you can take to address compliance can be daunting. To help, Microsoft Compliance Manager today has more than 200 regulatory assessment templates covering global, industrial, and regional Data Protection and Privacy regulations, making it easier for customers to interpret, assess, and improve their compliance with regulatory requirements. We recently added three privacy-specific assessments for Colorado Privacy Act, Virginia Consumer Data Protection Act (CDPA), and Egypt Privacy Law.
Additionally, we have mapped privacy-specific controls across these assessment templates to the new Privacy Management solution to help you scale your compliance efforts.
You can learn more about Compliance Manager, our list of available assessments, and how to use the assessment in our documentation. You can also try the Compliance Manager 90-day trial, which gives you access to 25 assessments.
We recognize that navigating the complexity of data privacy regulations is a journey, and we are excited to partner with you, our customers, and others in the ecosystem to help to ease some of the complexity, making the world a safer place for all.
Privacy Management for Microsoft 365 is generally available to customers as an add-on to a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 subscription. To get started with Privacy Management, you can leverage the free 90-day trial. You can learn a lot more about Privacy Management in today’s Tech Community blog or watch the new Microsoft Mechanics video.
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