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Oscar Williams

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Microsoft is rolling out its GDPR privacy rules worldwide

Microsoft has extended its new GDPR privacy policy to customers around the world in the run up to the compliance deadline on Friday.

In a blogpost, Microsoft’s Julie Brill revealed the firm had more than 1,600 engineers across the company working on GDPR projects. “We believe privacy is a fundamental human right. As people live more of their lives online and depend more on technology… the protection of this right is becoming more important than ever.”

Microsoft’s approach to GDPR strikes a different tone to some of its US rivals. It emerged last month that Facebook was planning to cut off 70 per cent of its user base from legal rights under GDPR.

Under the company’s previous terms of service, users outside the US or Canada were able to file complaints with the Irish data protection regulator. Following the changes, however, they will have to submit complaints to their local courts or data protection authorities instead.

The new regulations come into effect on 25 May and give regulators the power to fine businesses up to 4 per cent of their annual global turnover.