So, You Are Planning a GDPR Solution without Data Lineage?

So, You Are Planning a GDPR Solution without Data Lineage?

MANTA Business
September 21, 2017

How complete data lineage can help you with GDPR compliance projects. Or, more precisely, how they cannot survive without it. 

For the last couple of months, anytime I open my browser, it’s all over the internet! GDPR everywhere. Our partners and customers see it the same way and often come to us asking what role data lineage from MANTA plays in this whole GDPR boom. Let’s have a look.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) takes effect on May 25th, 2018. So it’s about time to find out if this regulation affects you or not. The GDPR will apply to any company that stores personal information of EU Citizens, so chances are this is your company as well. And because the fine is up to €20 million or 4% of the company’s revenue (whichever amount is higher), we all might want to avoid paying that money.

Data Lineage for the GDPR?!

Although data lineage by itself won’t make you compliant (you still need a Certified Data Protection Officer (DPO), consent from EU citizens in your database, and a “few” other things), it can solve a large portion of your GDPR worries.

End-to-end data lineage can give you overall insight into ALL of your data. Here are the things that quality data lineage can tick off your 20-something-long GDPR to-do list:

1. Know your data: The GDPR requires you to know not only were data is being stored, but why, how, and when it has been shared with other systems, both externally and internally. This includes knowing where your data is, where each record in your CRM or business database comes from, and where it is held in your data warehouse.

Luckily for you, MANTA can crunch all the SQL code in your database and with the provided custom mapping, make not only a technical, but also a business data lineage map so anyone can swiftly maneuver through it.

2. Give individuals the “right to be forgotten” (RTBF): This is something anyone can request from your company as of May 25th, 2018. You must comply without delay, and certainly within 30 days. (Source) But how are you going to do that when you know you have your customers data scattered across different databases? Data lineage from MANTA can take you back to all the records where your customer’s data is being stored so you can be sure that you have erased it from all the records.

3. Data portability for everyone: Anyone can also request a copy of all their data stored by your company. (Source) ALL their data, including stored e-mails, purchasing and payment history from different databases, and so on. With full data lineage, you can much more effectively allocate your resources and save money on developing such solutions.

Better Safe Than Sorry

If you are struggling with the GDPR and trying to find a way to prep your company as much as possible so that you are in the safe zone when the GDPR takes effect, data lineage is something you should definitely consider getting yourself. An average implementation of  MANTA to your data warehouse usually takes one or two days. Depending on the length of your usual purchasing process, you might want to give us a call tomorrow, next week, or next month at the latest. Each company’s needs are different, and it’s better to start in time so you can be safe rather than sorry.

Not sure how it works? Try our online demo and make sure you know all supported technologies and 3rd party solutions. Any questions on how MANTA can be useful when complying with the GDPR? Just ask us at!


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