Privacy regulations designed to protect users on the internet have been gaining adoption in many regions around the world, and complying with those regulations can be complicated for businesses. Microsoft has been providing its customers with tools to assess their compliance with privacy regulations for some time now, as is the case with Microsoft Compliance Score, which is currently available in public preview.
Today, Microsoft has announced that its Compliance Score tool is getting support for more upcoming regulations and standards, so businesses can start to adapt before they come into effect. First, there's the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which is the first of its kind in the United States, as well as Brazil's Lei Geral de Proteção de Dados (literally, General Data Protection Law), which is the country's equivalent to the European Union's GDPR.
Then there's the ISO/IEC 27701:2019 standard, which is meant to help businesses create and maintain a Privacy Information Management System (PIMS). The standard attempts to bring together privacy requirements from multiple, including GDPR. Finally, there's support for Service Organization Controls (SOC) 1 and 2, a standard developed by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants to help safeguard the confidentiality and privacy of information stored in the cloud.
Assessment scores for each of these standards and regulations are presented in percentages and points, and companies can see what actions need to be taken in order to increase their compliance score for each assessment.