GDPR to take effect in May 2018

For those of you who may be unaware, a European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is due to take effect on May 25th 2018.  The GDPR imposes new rules on companies, government agencies, non-profits, and other organizations that offer goods and services to people in the European Union (EU), or that collect and analyze data tied to EU residents.  The GDPR applies no matter where you are located.

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What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), is a new data privacy law enacted by the European Union.  The intent of this regulation is to ensure that corporations handle user data appropriately so that it does not get compromised.

Key changes under GDPR1:


Principles, processes and practices

The GDPR regulations apply in the following scenarios:

  • The processing of personal data by organizations established in the EU regardless of whether that data exists in the EU.
  • To controllers and processors without a presence in the EU who offer goods and services to individuals or monitor their behavior (i.e. tracking individuals online to create profiles via website cookies) in the EU.

Controller: the natural or legal person, public authority, agency, or other body that alone, or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.

Processor: a natural or legal person, public authority, agency, or other body that processes personal data on behalf of the controllers.


To learn more about the GDPR and Microsoft’s commitment to GDPR compliance across all of their services, please check out:


The GDPR aims to keep corporations honest on their commitment of security in regards to  sensitive user data.  We anticipate a trickle-down effect for the rest of the world to adopt similar rules and regulations. 



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