The Supplier Security and Privacy Assurance (SSPA) Program delivers Microsoft's data processing instructions, through the Microsoft Supplier Data Protection Requirements (DPR), to suppliers working with Personal Data and/or Microsoft Confidential Data.
SSPA drives compliance with these requirements through an annual compliance cycle; for new suppliers, work cannot start until this is complete. If a supplier processes Personal Data and/or Microsoft Confidential Data, they will partner with their business sponsor to enroll in the SSPA Program. Suppliers may also be selected to provide independent assurance by assessing the DPR.
Compliance with SSPA is essential to protect sensitive data from unauthorized access or disclosure. It is also essential to maintain regulatory compliance and mitigate third-party service risks.