BY Stephen Cavey | 24 November 2020
The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) is a California state statute designed to protect California residents’ privacy rights, particularly in regards to the personally identifiable information (PII) companies collect from them. Although the state of California passed CCPA in June 2018 and began enforcing it on July 1, 2020, many companies are still struggling to make a start on the CCPA compliance journey.
CCPA gives California residents the right to:
If your company does business in California and meets at least one of CCPA’s size and revenue criteria, you need to ensure you maintain compliance. Failing to do so could result in fines and loss of customer, partner and shareholder trust. The first step in developing a robust CCPA compliance program is identifying where your PII resides and who it belongs to.
Data mapping is the process of matching data fields in one source to data fields in another source. This process allows companies to connect sensitive data to the person it was collected from and is a critical first step in obtaining CCPA compliance.
When you begin building your CCPA compliance program, you need to ask yourself a few key questions, which will help you begin mapping your data:
However, answering all of the above questions manually is an error-prone, time-consuming process. Many companies assume that their customers’ PII data is only stored in their main database and file server, but this assumption is almost always incorrect. Companies often unknowingly store data in multiple locations, including cloud storage providers, databases, servers, email, and endpoint workstations.
If you want to feel confident about your compliance program, a more reliable method is to start with a ground-up, evidence-based approach that removes all assumptions. The fastest way of going about this is to deploy data scanning technology that is capable of interrogating and scanning all data storage locations across your business. Ground Labs’ Enterprise Recon is a data scanning tool that can help organizations:
Data mapping is a critical first step in building a CCPA compliance plan. Ground Labs’ Enterprise Recon tool will help your business establish an ongoing understanding of where all your data is stored so you can maintain CCPA compliance.
Interested in learning more? Book a demo with one of our experts to get started on your CCPA compliance journey today.
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