Speaking on stage at BUILD, Satya Nadella reaffirmed Microsoft’s commitment to protecting people’s privacy online, and also to protecting democracy and civil society. He said that privacy is a human right and Microsoft has created an environment that when it collects data it is for the benefit of the user and ensuring that users have control over their data and its use. Discussing the new European Union regulation, GDPR, Nadella called it “sound” and that the firm will have measures in place to comply with the law by the end of the month. In order to become compliant, Microsoft has hundreds of engineers working to build a suitable infrastructure, and the firm wants to help partners become compliant as well. Nadella went on to discuss the CLOUD Act, a law that was enacted this year in the U.S. with the goal of modernising data privacy and governmental surveillance laws to reflect industry cloud computing practices. He said both GPDR and the CLOUD Act are good starting points but that he would like to see the whole world create an intergovernmental framework for ensuring people’s privacy. read more on our Forum
Microsoft has released a new Windows 10 Insider Preview Build 17672 (RS5) to Windows Insiders in the Fast ring in addition to those who opted in to Skip Ahead. The update includes the following new features:
On 6 April 2016 the Council of the European Union has finally published what will most likely be the final text of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), now translated in all the official languages of the EU. After a political agreement was reached in December on what has become known as one of the most heavily lobbied texts in the history of the European Union, it took more than three months for linguists and legal experts to translate the final version of the 261-page Regulation. Finally, in an attempt to keep up with the initial deadline for final adoption of the text, the Council has decided to adopt its position via an exceptionally short written procedure, which ends today, 8 April 2016. This, however, is not the end of the journey for the stakeholders involved. On the contrary, now the implementation phase starts: a period in which companies will have to ensure that their organisations will comply with the new set of rules by the time in which the Regulation will enter into force, in the second quarter of 2018. National Data Protection Authorities, as well as the Article 29 Working Party and the European Data Protection Supervisor will be issuing guidelines and opinions in the next months, to assist organisations in their preparation. The approval of the GDPR is also a necessary step before the upcoming revision of the ePrivacy Directive, which will have to be aligned to the provisions in the new Regulation. Download links are available on OUR FORUM.