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EY partners with Microsoft to help clients tackle GDPR compliance

EY has announced a cooperation agreement with Microsoft to help their clients address the challenges to comply with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

According to EY, a number of Microsoft products such as Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Office 365 and Windows will enable companies to use their existing investments in technology to comply with GDPR.

EY global cybersecurity leader, Paul van Kessel said: “The GDPR is a major disruptor to our clients as well as our own industries, in both technology and consulting. It will transform how companies manage personal data and is already creating an industry of new point solution providers. But our clients are looking for a holistic way to address the regulation, from initial assessment, through implementation planning and operationalization. They are looking for approaches that integrate privacy and security and that also manage risk across the three lines of defence namely, business operations, risk and compliance and internal audit. Working on the Microsoft Azure cloud platform will enable us to create options that flexibly support clients through the GDPR compliance journey.”

Microsoft Corporation chief privacy officer, Brendon Lynch said: “The European Union’s GDPR represents a significant shift in the way personal data is regulated and it is having global impact. It places more obligations on organizations to take a comprehensive approach to respecting and protecting the personal data they control – no matter where it is stored, processed or sent.”

GDPR will be effective in May 2018.

 

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