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Data classification: A means to an end

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The volume of data continues to grow at an incredible rate, with some predicting as much as a 50× growth from 2010 to 2020 and yet the tools available to manage that growth haven’t changed a great deal in recent years. With changes in regulation, such as the European Union’s new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), knowing what data you have, where it is, what it is and how it is processed and then being able to apply the appropriate controls is becoming increasingly more important. This paper puts forward reasons why data discovery and data classification are two techniques that should be used to help manage data and the additional benefits that can be realised while moving organisations closer to compliance.
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Keywords: GDPR; compliance; data classification; data discovery

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: June 1, 2019

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  • Journal of Data Protection & Privacy publishes in-depth, peer-reviewed articles, case studies and applied research on all aspects of data protection, information security and privacy issues across the European Union and other jurisdictions, in the wake of the new EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the biggest change in data protection and privacy for two decades.
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