The Seattle company today announced the Microsoft 365 compliance center, a “dedicated workspace” from which managers can respond to regulatory obligations like Data Subject Requests and centrally oversee deployed services.

And it took the wraps off of new Microsoft Information Protection features to classify content and apply labels to documents and emails directly from Office apps.

The launches were motivated not only by the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), an EU data protection law that aims to give users more control over their personal data, but by “a shift in consumer attitude towards privacy and protecting personal data,” Rudra Mitra, partner director of Microsoft 365 Security and Compliance, wrote in a blog post.

He pointed to a recent study conducted by Forrester that found that 43 percent of U.S. customers are likely to cancel an online transaction if they read something in the privacy policy they don’t like.

“Today, we’re sharing details of several new Microsoft 365 features to help you get ahead of these trends and deliver on privacy and compliance commitments in a simple, integrated, and intelligent way,” Mitra said.

One tabulates a score reflecting the “collective compliance state” of an organization broken into subscores for regulations like GDPR, NIST 800-53, and ISO 27001, while another displays a checklist of suggestions such as “create labels to govern data lifecycle” and “turn on large archive for extra mail storage.” Also on tap are cards that break down the noncompliant apps in use by employees and clients, and that highlight users with the most shared files.

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