GDPR privacy and data protection – the new global standard?
To many privacy advocates, GDPR has been hailed as the privacy standard for governments and businesses located outside of the EU to follow as well; however, some business have been hesitant in adopting these GDPR provisions, and, it seems, not because of the operational burden and costs to comply (see Facebook).
In a major announcement last week, Microsoft committed that they will be extending their GDPR obligations to everyone in the world, not just EU residents.
This may seem uninteresting, but Microsoft – and Apple – appear to stand alone on the side of strong privacy among US tech giants. Apple has been viewed by some as a red-headed stepchild, but Microsoft will turn more heads, and could start a domino effect.
There’s little doubt that Microsoft learned in the 1990s not to fight regulators, a lesson that Facebook gives the impression they’re still learning. The tide should influence your business model, not the other way around.BACK TO BLOGS