When most people think about readiness for GDPR, CCPA, and other data privacy laws, their first instinct is to focus on tasks like updating privacy policies, implementing new security measures, or introducing new procedures responding to data subject requests. Each of these initiatives is essential for an effective data privacy readiness program, but there's one foundational element that must be in place first: a data architecture that enables the business to meet its data privacy requirements, make the necessary updates to existing systems, and implement privacy by design.
At the heart of data privacy readiness is data. This statement may sound trivial, but you'd be surprised how many organizations overlook it … until they try to operationalize their readiness strategies.
Having a well-organized, well-documented data architecture makes it easy for you to
✓ Get a handle your personal data ecosystem (know what personal data you have, how you acquire it, where it’s located, etc.)
✓ Facilitate access to personal data that’s stored in various locations—on premise, in the cloud, or on end-point devices
✓ Centrally manage the sourcing, editing, querying, access, and projection of personal data
✓ Create an audit trail for actions taken in response to data subject requests
✓ Query a specific data set, generate a list of locations, and enable data to be acted upon (delivered to the data subject, erased, corrected, etc.)
✓ Automate data privacy procedures as appropriate
✓ Adapt to new requirements as they arise
In addition to supporting your initial readiness strategy, the right data architecture makes it far simpler to practice good data governance—and maintain data privacy readiness—over the long term.
Through interviews with business users and hands-on assessments of your existing data landscape, we create a clear picture of where your architecture is today in terms of data privacy readiness—and what alignments are needed to meet the requirements that apply to your organization.
We develop and implement elegant, scalable solutions for aligning your architecture with the demands of an effective data privacy readiness program. After ensuring that the personal data in your systems is clean, accurate, and properly formatted, we design an architecture that enables your organization to meet its data privacy requirements in addition to complying with established best architectural practices. Our team them implements the designed solution all the way to being production ready.
With your optimized data architecture in place, we work with you to design a sustainable governance program that can enable data privacy readiness over the long term. Taking into account issues such as day-to-day oversight, training, vetting future business partners, and due diligence processes for new procedures and technologies, we help you design and implement a governance plan to ensure continuous readiness for years to come.
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