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What is privacy management software and what can it do for you? 


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When it comes to privacy compliance within your organization and preparing for GDPR , most organizations can use all the help they can get. This is not very surprising, as privacy compliance affects virtually the entire organization and can raise a wide variety of questions. With there being a software solution or app for virtually every problem these days, the question travels to organizations asking; "Is there any way software can help me with privacy compliance?".

The short answer to this question is; "Yes, there is something called privacy management software, and it can help you comply with the requirements of GDPR". The long answer is more nuanced. In fact, like most software, privacy management software is only as good as the input it receives. This means that acquiring a license for privacy management software does not suddenly make your organization privacy compliant. That requires more effort and structural changes in your organization; software cannot do this for you. However, privacy management software can help you reach your goal of privacy compliance, and make the road to it a lot easier.  

So what can privacy management software do for your organization? 

First, there is a big difference between software for managing your privacy compliance and for your information security. In general, privacy management software does not encrypt your personal data for you or provide you with a firewall. Privacy management software, on the other hand, can help you administer, monitor and handle all privacy-related issues within your organization.  

So why do you need help with this? For most organizations of any size, it takes a lot of time and effort to set up their privacy compliance, time and effort you'd rather spend on your "core business. Privacy management software helps you focus on the hard and important stuff by streamlining or automating repetitive activities. It can help you build a processing registry by providing you with the questionnaires needed to complete such a registry. It can help you manage processor agreements, record data breaches, conduct and record data protection impact assessments or analyze activities in your organization that may pose the greatest risk to your privacy compliance. 

However, this does not mean that privacy management software is a luxury that only large multinational companies can benefit from. On the contrary, any organization that processes personal data on some scale can benefit from the guidance and structure that privacy management software can provide. Fortunately, there are different flavors of privacy management software management available, aimed at large, medium or small organizations, so there is basically a solution for every organization. Therefore, always try to find the software solution that best fits your organization's needs and wants.  

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