Microsoft announced on Wednesday that it would extend the rights provided by Europe's to all consumers worldwide.
The privacy rules include the right to know what data Microsoft collects on users, as well as the ability to correct that data, delete it and even take it to another service provider. While these rights comply with Europe's new law, they'll also be available to all Microsoft users.
"As an EU regulation, GDPR creates important new rights specifically for individuals in the European Union," said Julie Brill, Microsoft's corporate vice president and deputy general counsel, in a statement. "But we believe GDPR establishes important principles that are relevant globally."
GDPR, which raises the standards and stakes of personal data privacy, goes into effect Friday. The law gives European citizens more control over their personal data, and aims to clarify rules and responsibilities for online services with European users.
But the law won't just impact businesses and users in Europe. Any company that operates in the continent or that has European users will have to observe the stricter privacy standards and provide users with greater access to and control of their data.
Despite Microsoft's extension of the privacy rules, there isn't a law to enforce them globally. No one outside the European Union will be able to file an official complaint based on GDPR, and Microsoft won't be required to pay any fines for not following the law outside the EU.