Privacy compliance: 5 things IT leaders need to know in 2020

Privacy compliance: 5 things IT leaders need to know in 2020

Don't take a watch-and-wait approach to privacy compliance regulations including CCPA. Here's how to take control of organizational data and preserve customer trust

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4. Take inventory of your data and connect it with context

The biggest benefit of connected data is the ability to provide an integrated view that maps to your business analytics. You also obtain context that allows you to better refine the pieces of information you’re collecting.

However, taking inventory of your data and connecting it to be compliant for GDPR or CCPA poses its own challenges due to complex data lineage problems. From my experience, these complexities are impossible to solve at scale using traditional relational databases (RDBMS) and most NoSQL technologies.

Tracking personal data requires deep visibility, and to solve privacy challenges you must be able to track personal data movement across all internal and external systems. Personal data rarely travels in a straight line; instead, it follows an unpredictable path through the enterprise. Given the nature of this path, it’s best to visualize this type of data lineage as a graph. Furthermore, discovering personal data within your systems and connecting it with the right context is critical to solving privacy regulation challenges.

5. Select the right data privacy framework

CCPA, GDPR, and other data privacy regulations mandate strict compliance and impose steep fines for violations. That’s why selecting the right privacy framework is crucial. CIOs and IT leaders need to ensure their framework manages private data relationships natively, which provides a foundation for capable, fast deployment; and that it can be customizable in the future to meet the precise needs of your organization.

Privacy regulators in Europe and North America are serious about protecting the privacy of their citizens’ personal data – and you should expect the relevant authorities to conduct their investigations with vigilance. While documentation and record-keeping can be overlooked as an administrative task, it shouldn’t be handled lightly.

Overcoming the challenges associated with CCPA compliance will take time and effort, but it’s not impossible. Personal data breaches aren’t going away, and the penalties that result are only going to multiply, along with the negative perceptions created by non-compliant businesses.

Knowing what to expect and getting ahead of regulations deadlines like CCPA, while keeping an eye out for what’s on the horizon, will set your company and IT leaders up for success. Position your CCPA initiative internally not just as a solution for compliance requirements, but as a business enabler that provides valuable insights and discovers data anomalies for improved business execution.

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