Microsoft has announced that it will expand the rights available to Europeans with the new EU privacy regulation worldwide.
Ο General Data Protection Regulation which will take effect on Friday, offers new rights to EU residents, such as the right to retrieve data collected by a company and the option to delete data if the user no longer agrees to be held by the company.
Consumers will also have the right to transfer their data to another service provider but also to know how each company that stores it processes it.
Microsoft will therefore offer the additional rights not only to European consumers, but also globally.
"As an EU regulation, the GDPR creates significant new rights specifically for individuals in the European Union, but we believe that the GDPR establishes important principles for the global community." Reported Julie Brill, Microsoft Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Manager.
"We will extend the rights that the GDPR brings to all our consumers around the world."
Microsoft has updated its privacy statement under the GDPR and says it will offer all users the same rights as EU users.
If Microsoft has obtained your consent to the use of your personal data, you may withdraw it at any time.
You can request access, deletion and updating of your personal data, and if you want to transfer it elsewhere, you can use tools provided by Microsoft to do so. If they are not available, you can contact Microsoft Support.
The statement also clarifies that all users will be able to restrict the use of personal data used by Microsoft for direct marketing purposes.