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Certification Watch (Vol. 21, No. 32)

Microsoft Alerts Microsoft Certified Professionals to Consequence of GDPR


Your certification information could be in danger.Even months after its implementation deadline, businesses around the world that store data about individuals are grappling with the implications of the European Union's General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR. Regulation often brings about unintended consequences, and Microsoft Learning recently alerted its body of Microsoft Certified Professionals to an item that may fall under that heading. In keep with GDPR strictures, it seems, Microsoft is required to deleated all information and data associated with individuals who close their Microsoft accounts. Given the recent push to make certification information both more portable and easier to categorize, store, and share, information about many Microsoft certifications and badges is stored only digitally. Hence, if you close your Microsoft account, certification information could be lost beyond retrieval. Meaning, for examples, that future attempts by a potential employer to verify your Microsoft certifications could come up empty. Remember: Microsoft Learning has to delete all of your information if you close your account. It's probably worth making inquiries with any certification provider that's surfing the digital wave before taking steps that could result in your certification bona fides being wiped from the record.


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