Data Mapping and Inventory
Written by Nikhil Kukade
Updated over a week ago

The backbone of any privacy or data security program is data mapping & building an inventory of assets processing personal data. If done right, data mapping helps companies to get complete visibility into the data lifecycle and help them achieve compliance with laws & protect customer data.

Here are some of the use cases of data mapping:

  1. Creating a privacy policy with accurate details about personal data collection & processing

  2. Creating GDPR reports like RoPA reports

  3. Maintain a list of all data stores and third parties to honor Data Subject Access & Deletion Requests as per GDPR, CPRA

  4. Spot excessive data sharing or non-compliance with privacy laws

Automating Data Mapping with Privado

Privado is a privacy scanner that connects with source code management tools like GitHub, BitBucket, GitLab and scans all your code repositories to automate data mapping for all products & applications built by your developers. For each code repository, Privado discovers the following:

  1. Repository Risk: Privacy risk of the repository

  2. Data Elements: Details of personal data that your repository is processing

  3. Sensitive Data: Details of sensitive data that your repository is processing

  4. Third Parties: All third parties where personal data gets shared

  5. Databases: All data stores where personal data gets stored

  6. APIs: Internal APIs where data is shared

Beyond this Privado, offers a developer-friendly assessment to create GDPR RoPA reports.

Data Inventory

Privado discovers all the data related assets in your code repositories. Navigate to your dashboard and click on the Data Inventory tab on the top-menu to see:

  1. Data Elements: List of all data elements that your company processes

  2. Third Parties: List of all third parties discovered by Privado

  3. APIs: List of all internal APIs discovered by Privado

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