In April 2016, a European privacy law, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) was approved and is due to take effect in May 2018. GDPR is being touted as the most important change in data privacy regulation in over two decades, and it imposes new data privacy rules on companies, government agencies, and any organizations that do business in and with the European Union (EU). This is of particular significance because of the positive implications of such a regulation on data privacy, the benefits of the inevitable shift in the way organizations across the region and business partners around the world will now approach data privacy, and because non-compliant organizations could be subject to hefty fines, as is often the case with such regulations.
As the dominant leader in the enterprise computing space, Microsoft provides organizations with an array of cloud services and on-premises solutions to enable them to meet such compliance requirements as the GDPR reporting and assessment requirements. One of such capabilities is the Security & Compliance offering which leverages the Log Analytics and other services and capabilities in Azure to provide organizations with security and data collection and analysis options for identifying and repairing gaps in security policies. Learn more about Security and Compliance in OMS.