Many of you have probably heard of GDPR but do not know what it is. GDPR, general data protection regulation, is a European Privacy Act that was introduced in May, 2018. The policy serves to protect the privacy of European citizens and residents. This poses as a major threat to companies (even companies that are not in EU) that contain personal information of European citizens and residents. Therefore, to resolve this problem, company needs to give people access to their personal data so that they can change or delete data. However, in order to do this, the company needs to first locate such data.
Caroline, a business user noticed an age column in a report that need to be deleted as age can often be considered as a sensitive data. Emily, the business analyst, then needs to know the processes that were included in creating this report and the impact of deleting the age column on other reports.
To resolve this case, Emily would need to know which table the age column is located at. Then, she would be able to identify which processes were involved in loading the data into this table and understand the impact of changing this age column on other relevant reports in the company. In sum, this would bring about a heavy manual workload, including mapping and tracing which are all time-consuming.
Collavate’s automated data search engine can easily find which table the age field is located and will present the full lineage, which enables Emily to easily understand the full lineage and impact of the deleted columns on all related reports. This will ensure the safe implementation of deletion and that is complies with GDPR. In sum, Collavate can easily identify which reports would be affected by changes and can provide a clear view of the entire data journey. For more details, visit here.