Data Privacy Hub
Chapter
07

How to Know Where the User’s Data is Stored: The Need for Data Mapping

Identify where to find user data, including metadata, preferences, login info, payment methods, payment or user history, manual data mapping, and automated data mapping.

How can you handle a data subject request if you don’t know where to look? As you know, this is the first step in the DSR process — and if you can’t fulfill this step, you can’t move forward to the next. This makes data mapping and organization one of the most important investments a company can employ.

Data mapping is the process of creating a relationship between two sets of data. This can be done manually, but it is often done automatically using software. Discovering user data can often be the most time-consuming step. And as we know, time is everything in DSRs.

But don’t worry — we’re going to go over the six most common places your user data can be found.

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