Thinking About Automating Your Privacy Compliance Program? Here's How to Choose the Right Software [Checklist]

October 27, 2021

As of today, we are making our buyer’s checklist available to help you navigate through the process of picking a data privacy program software vendor.

We understand that evaluating your options, including in-house can seem exhaustive and noisy. We provide a simple question and answer template to help you look for important factors when picking a vendor for data mapping and data subject request automation tools. 

You can access the data mapping and request automation checklist here.

Important factors when considering privacy program automation

  1. Data Mapping, Discovery & Inventory is the biggest undertaking in most privacy programs. Finding a solution or tool should help give the organization an understanding of what personal data is stored, in which systems, and keeping this information up-to-date as close to real-time as possible.
  2. Data Subject Requests should be simple for your customers, and automated. The organization needs to be able to complete privacy requests quickly, with compliance logs to comply with all regulations.
  3. Security might include the vendor’s security credentials, where they hold your keys, or where personal data is hosted.
  4. Costs of potential fines if not compliant, internal headcount, and software purchase and implementation should be considered. Understanding how long the onboarding process is and how involved the engineering team will be can impact the total cost of ownership.

The tool is also designed to help privacy professionals compare options and help think through the purchasing process for their organization. This data can be used internally at an organization to build a business case, and communicate internally on the decision.

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How to use the buyer’s checklist

The buyer’s checklist is a simple question and answer format to help guide an organization through the purchasing process of a data privacy automation tool.

Share your feedback!

We’d love to hear your feedback you have as you leverage the buyer’s checklist to guide your organization on the purchasing journey. Any suggestions on features to improve on the next version email us

And if you’d like to learn more how Opsware can help you automate data mapping and data subject requests in minutes, schedule a demo or reach out to our team.

Peter Barbosa