Isn’t Data Mapping complicated?
Well, the simple and unfortunately vague answer is, it depends. A full scale detailed data mapping exercise takes considerable effort and expertise. Many organisations will want to consult IT and legal specialists in order to complete the exercise.
Why do I need Data Mapping?
Before you can start to address any issues with the personal data that you hold you first of all need to understand what information you have. This includes knowing where it is, what you do with it, who has access to it and where if might be transferred to.
Understanding this detail will be a good foundational step to showing the supervisory authority that you are taking GDPR seriously.
But I’m short on resources?
A lot of organisations will be pushed for the money, skills and people to understand their data. This will be especially true in micro, small and medium sized organisations. However lack of resource will not be an excuse.
What should I do?
Start now and understand what data you have. The template attached is a simple starting point and covers the basics. It is not intended to be comprehensive but rather a first step for those looking to comply with GDPR. From this foundational first step your organisation will be in a good position to engage additional expertise should you need it.
Where can I get a free data mapping template?
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