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General Data Protection Regulation
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect from May 2018. This is a European privacy law which will reach beyond Europe's geographical borders, affecting any organisation offering goods and service to people in the EU, and any that collect and analyse data tied to EU residents.
At Fusion5 we are already having GDPR conversations with our customers, many of whom have questions about GDPR and how it affects ANZ organisations. GDPR is also a big positive in light of recent world events - we are really excited about GDPR and the protection and peace of mind such standards bring to consumers.
The great news is that in the Microsoft world we are already accustomed to leading security and privacy principles. Microsoft already provides great resources around this: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/trustcenter
The Spring ’18 release of Dynamics includes investments to address the requirements of GDPR, allowing you to focus on your business without having to worry about preparing your Dynamics platform for compliance.
Significantly, we believe GDPR is at the heart of this release, and is driving Microsoft's timing and approach. This version of Dynamics is version 9.0.2 - a minor rather than a major version release as we might have expected. This version is also being released out to all customers in April 2018 (ahead of the May 2018 GDPR compliance deadline), as a mandatory 'patch'-style update rather than being a customer-driven feature update.
So the good news is that your Dynamics 365 platform is inherently compliant with the EU's GDPR. However, what about the rest of your systems, tools, and infrastructure?
If you'd like to find out more, Microsoft has provided a quick, 10-question GDPR readiness tool you can complete online to find out where you might need to put extra work in to become GDPR-compliant. You can access this here:
You can also talk to the team at Fusion5 for more information, guidance and advice on GDPR means for you and your business. We can you get ready for GDPR, whether it's a simple discussion on the basics, or right through to formal security and privacy consulting through Fusion5's Enterprise Services division.
Written by Dan Sykes
CTO - Customer Experience Solutions, Microsoft Dynamics
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