Data mapping is the system of cataloging the data collected by an organization, how it is created, stored, used, processed, shared, archived, and destroyed within an organization.
Data mapping is a fundamental requirement for any organization’s operational needs:
Many major privacy regulations, including the GDPR, also require organizations to record how they create, store, use, process, share, archive, and destroy data subjects’ personal data.
Therefore, data maps are essential for organizations as they accurately and comprehensively record how personal data is being processed, stored, transferred by organizations. Data maps also provide a bird’s eye view of personal data management and privacy risks.
Data mapping is a baseline exercise that every organization must carry out to handle data subjects’ personal data and comply with various global privacy regulations.