In this module, you'll learn about Microsoft's commitment to privacy and how Azure adheres to common regulatory and compliance standards.

If your organization is a government department or agency, or you need to deploy to regions of China, you'll also learn about some considerations that don't apply to other Azure users.

In general, compliance means to adhere to a law, standard, or set of guidelines. Regulatory compliance refers to the discipline and process of ensuring that a company follows the laws that governing bodies enforce.

Meet Tailwind Traders

Tailwind Traders is a fictitious home improvement retailer. It operates retail hardware stores across the globe and online.

This is a logo for Tailwind Traders, a fictitious home improvement retailer.

Tailwind Traders specializes in competitive pricing, fast shipping, and a large range of items. It's looking at cloud technologies to improve business operations and support growth into new markets. By moving to the cloud, the company plans to enhance its shopping experience to further differentiate itself from competitors.

How will Tailwind Traders protect its data in the cloud and stay compliant?

Tailwind Traders is planning its migration to the cloud. It's used to having full control of all of its application data, which is stored on servers that it manages in its datacenter.

Tailwind Traders knows that moving an application to the cloud means that data is now outside of its own walls. The company also understands that the cloud provider has access to the server hardware and infrastructure. How is the privacy of its application data protected?

Tailwind Traders must also adhere to multiple regulatory and compliance frameworks. For example, it must follow certain rules to ensure that it properly handles credit card data. It will still need to ensure that its applications comply with applicable regulations and standards. How does infrastructure on Azure already adhere to these same standards?

To answer these questions, you'll start by learning about the types of compliance offerings that are available on Azure.

Learning objectives

After completing this module, you'll be able to:

  • Explain the types of compliance offerings that are available on Azure.
  • Access the Microsoft Privacy Statement, the Online Services Terms, and the Data Protection Addendum to learn what personal data Microsoft collects, how Microsoft uses it, and for what purposes.
  • Gain insight into regulatory standards and compliance on Azure from the Trust Center and from the Azure compliance documentation.
  • Explain Azure capabilities that are specific to government agencies.


  • You should be familiar with basic computing concepts and terminology.
  • Familiarity with cloud computing is helpful but isn't necessary.