5 steps for identifying the right data mapping solution

As new privacy laws pass around the world and regulators ramp up enforcement, businesses of all sizes must make a concerted effort to audit, improve, and expand their privacy compliance programs.

Data mapping is foundational to this goal. 

Providing critical visibility into how data is collected and processed, as well as a base-truth for reporting and gap analysis—a comprehensive data map is your first step towards privacy compliance.

Without a complete data inventory and automated data discovery, your compliance and governance functions are basically flying blind. The efficiency of your day-to-day privacy operations will suffer, and in the event of an audit or enforcement action—you’ll struggle to demonstrate compliance.

But data mapping means different things to different organizations, and your company's needs will differ depending on your industry and region. Combined with the high stakes of effective compliance, this means finding the right data mapping tool can be tough.

This guide aims to simplify the process—offering:

  • 5 must-have features for privacy compliance in 2024

  • A guide for defining your organization's data mapping needs

  • 5 steps for identifying the right data mapping solution

  • Internal evaluation questionnaire + platform comparison matrix

  • 5 key questions to ask potential vendors

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