Privacy is of increasing importance to our customers. In addition to the well-known European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), privacy regulations are emerging in nearly every region with more than 70 percent of countries now having data protection and privacy legislation.1
As the number and scope of privacy standards have proliferated, privacy becomes an expectation of customers and stakeholders to enable a trusted business. Many of the large organizations I work with are mature in their privacy compliance processes. Some have had to be GDPR compliant since 2018. Even those without GDPR compliance obligations saw GDPR as a watershed event, recognizing that broader privacy regulation was coming. Organizations have now shifted their focus from privacy compliance to privacy leadership in order to provide value to their customers and their brands. To assist organizations on their privacy journey, we introducedMicrosoft Privain October 2021 to help customers safeguard personal data and respect privacy rights.
The concept of respecting an individual’s privacy rights has been emphasized by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) as “The Individual Participation Principle” in the Fair Information Practice Principles (FIPPs) since 1980.2The principle includes an individual’s right to access and control their own data. In some cases, they have the right to have this data corrected or deleted. Since GDPR went into effect, the concept has become more mainstream, known as data subject requests or subject rights requests. In the United States, 12 states have laws passed or active bills that mandate a subject’s right to data access.3