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Microsoft 365 Compliance Center Addresses New Privacy Regulations

Microsoft 365 Compliance Center Addresses New Privacy Regulations 1

In 2018, the European Union enacted the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), the first major policy protecting consumer data. That spearheaded greater attention and concern over the issue of data privacy, and other places around the globe have since followed the EU’s lead. The state of California is one of those places, having recently instituted its California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). Consumers themselves are more careful as a consequence of this as well. A Forrester survey shows that 43 percent of U.S. consumers are now likely to cancel an online transaction if they see something they’re uncomfortable with in the privacy policy. Together, consumer awareness and new legislation have created a sort of privacy conscience that many of us are committed to following. These are all reasons for businesses to take their compliance seriously. Microsoft now has a dedicated workspace, the Microsoft 365 Compliance Center, which features new tools to help companies stay compliant with these regulations.

The new Microsoft 365 Compliance Center

This new dedicated workspace simplifies the job of compliance management for security administrators. Within the Compliance Center you can access the Compliance Manager tool, which helps you track your company’s compliance easily. You can see what areas need to be improved, which of your organization’s apps are non-compliant, and a checklist of steps to take to improve data protection. The Microsoft Compliance Score gives you a clear breakdown of how well you are achieving different compliance standards.

Microsoft Compliance Score assesses for each privacy regulation


CCPA and GDPR are only a couple of the major privacy regulations. There are many others that may apply to a business, such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) or ISO 22701, which is designed to help businesses maintain a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS). Depending on the type of company and where it does business, different sets of regulations may apply. So Microsoft Compliance Manager is a helpful tool that allows you to clearly assess your compliance for each of these regulations. You can view a breakdown which shows in percentage form how well you are complying with each one.

Other new offerings in Microsoft 365 Compliance Center


Compliance confidence

With these new tools and features, Microsoft 365 Compliance Center makes it more manageable to stay on top of compliance for privacy regulations. Making use of the resources it offers will help companies stay organized and compliant for legal reasons, and it will also build better relationships with customers and consumers. People want to be able to trust organizations they interact and share personal information with. When a company takes its privacy compliance seriously and commits to the data privacy of its consumers, stronger relationships are forged and everyone is happier.

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