Privacy Capabilities for Microsoft 365

Published Jul 12 2021 10:00 AM 3,275 Views

At Microsoft, we believe your data should be controlled by you. We are transparent about why we collect your data and how we use it across all of our products and services.


Organizations are generating and sharing more personal data than ever before as their employees fluidly transition between work and personal devices and networks. At the same time, the number of data breaches is increasing exponentially. There were over 800 data breaches in the first half of 2021 - 76% of 2020’s total breaches[1]. To protect consumer data from being compromised by increasingly sophisticated breaches, legislatures across the globe are introducing new privacy regulations. A recent study predicted that by 2023, 65% of the world’s population will have its personal information covered under modern privacy regulations, up from 10% today[2]. Most organizations still use spreadsheets, emails, and in-person communication for data mapping, and struggle to identify and effectively manage personal data in their environments.


Microsoft wants to help you on your privacy journey. Starting this week, organizations can use privacy capabilities for Microsoft 365 in preview. These capabilities help organizations gain visibility into the private data in their environment, proactively identify and protect against privacy risks, and manage subject rights requests (commonly known as ‘data subject requests’) at scale. Additionally, to meet organizations where they are in their privacy journey, we are enabling integration with our privacy capabilities to help customers deliver a unified response to subject rights requests.


Get Started

You can access the privacy capabilities for Microsoft 365 from the Microsoft compliance center.


Learn More

Read this document to learn more about privacy capabilities for Microsoft 365.


[1] First half 2021 Data Breach Analysis, ITRC

[2] New Privacy laws outside Europe and California: A global cheat sheet, Gartner

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Hello @Shilpa_Bothra 


Thanks for this. Is there something to enable at tenant level.

Would love to experiment it for one of my customer


Best Regards



@ChristopheHumbert we are rolling out these capabilities starting this week. For information on getting started please refer to the technical documentation

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