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Why Every Business Should Care About Data Classification

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Someone asked me the other day what the business case was for classifying data. For "data pros" or anyone that has engaged with data to perform analytics or produce business intelligence reports, this may seem like a silly question. However, I've found that there is a large number of people who really don't understand the importance of data classification. 

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Did California Just Lead the Charge Toward GDPR in the U.S.?

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In a conversation with a lawyer a few months ago, the comment was made that the US has already implemented GDPR. This is not necessarily true. The US has created some privacy regulations, but just small bits of it in each state; collectively similar to GDPR, but no one jurisdiction is anything like GDPR. However, a new regulation out of California could have just started the snowball rolling down the hill…

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GDPR: 6 Critical Success Factors for Achieving Audit Resilience

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Compliance activities for organizations are often driven from the legal or risk groups. The initial focus is on management’s position and actions required to be compliant; generally this starts with the creation of policies. This makes sense as policies are a reflection of management’s intent and provide guidance on how to put strategic thinking into action. The legal teams provide legal interpretation and direction with respect to risk. This is also incorporated into the policies.So, what happens next as your organization addresses challenges around ensuring effective implementation and subsequent operational oversight of policies required for General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance?

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Building Solid Foundations in a Data Swamp, Part I

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Much has been written about Big Data, Data Science and Artificial Intelligence and how these will change the world through the insights being derived from the data. This especially applies to the unstructured data. A recent article in the Harvard Business Review indicated that “cross-industry studies show that on average, less than half of an organization’s structured data is actively used in making decisions—and less than 1% of its unstructured data is analyzed or used at all.”[1]

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4 Tips for Getting Started with Evolving Your Privacy Regulation Compliance Posture

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In a recent discussion with a large corporation on the topic of how to tackle privacy regulation compliance, the compliance officer made the comment, “This is a lot of work!”  Clearly the officer was feeling a bit overwhelmed by the task at hand. You see, compliance officers are not typically in the business of enterprise data management.  However, they are asked to oversee the governance associated with data and activities that exists across the organization, as well as outside the organization.

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Will the Privacy Shield Protect You?

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Managing Personal Data in a Fluid Regulatory Environment

Privacy and personal data have been a hot topic recently with the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) just over one year away and impacting essentially all of our customers in one form or another. On top of that the course being established by the new administration has created a level of uncertainty as to how regulations will be enforced – or not. The recent move to halt the implementation of the Federal Communications Commission’s rule: "Protecting the Privacy of Customers of Broadband and Other Telecommunication Services," 81 Fed. Reg. 87274; is sure to unsettle regulators in other countries. They have to be asking, can the information belonging to their citizens be safe if it handled by a US company?

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7 Key GDPR Requirements & the Role of Data Governance

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As discussed in our previous blog and infographic "What's GDPR and the Penalties for Not Complying" companies can be fined up to €20 million or 4% of their annual revenue (whichever is greater) if they do not abide by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). All organizations need to familiarize themselves with the new GDPR requirements and data subject rights as the first step to preventing fines and penalties. Let's look at the key requirements of GDPR and the best approach towards company-wide compliance. 

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