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GDPR: What the new EU privacy regulation means for Microsoft Dynamics 365 Users

by Linda Rosencrance
Contributing Writer, MSDW
On May 25, 2018, a new regulation enforcing a new way of collecting, storing and using personal information will go into effect in the European Union (EU).

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation that replaces the Data Protection Directive (DPA) of 1995. It specifies how organizations doing business in the EU - as well as their suppliers - can use consumers' data and how they must protect that data.

The Microsoft Dynamics team has not lost sight of the importance of GDPR for enterprise buyers. In April 2017, Microsoft Technical Fellow Mike Ehrenberg told Dynamics users that the company that the regulatory update is a priority. He said:

"[GDPR] is an important issue for Microsoft, and we are going to give our customers the ability to control data and use it for digital transformation but also to follow regulations in Europe and elsewhere."

The GDPR gives individuals more control over their personal data, ensures transparency about the use of data, requires security and controls to protect data, and establishes new limits to legal liability. The fine for violating the new rule is up to €20 million ($22.7 million) or 4 percent of global revenues, whichever is higher.

The GDPR applies to "controllers" and "processors," according to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), the UK's independent body set up to uphold information rights:

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About Linda Rosencrance

Linda Rosencrance is a freelance writer/editor in the Boston area. Rosencrance has over 25 years experience as an reporter/investigative reporter, writing for many newspapers in the metropolitan Boston area. Rosencrance has been writing about information technology for the past 16 years.

She has covered a variety of IT subjects, including Microsoft Dynamics, mobile security issues such as data loss prevention, network management, secure mobile app development, privacy, cloud computing, BI, big data, analytics, HR, CRM, ERP, and enterprise IT.

Rosencrance is the author of six true crime books for Kensington Publishing Corp.