Empowers organizations to mitigate risk, delivering privacy-aware data use and improved adherence to data privacy regulations

Redwood City, CA – May 13, 2020 – Alation Inc., the leader in enterprise data catalogs, today announced a partnership with BigID, the leading modern data intelligence platform for privacy, protection and perspective, to enable enterprises to consistently protect sensitive data and personal information, and ensure compliance with emerging data privacy regulations including the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA). The partnership delivers a unified interface integrated with a unified data inventory and personal information mapping to govern data usage at the point of consumption.

Now, organizations can automate and scale how they find data and understand whose data it is. Data stewards can manage data insights based on both business and legal knowledge and apply policies to better adhere to data privacy regulations, mitigating the financial and reputational risk of breaches.

Enterprises lack a comprehensive understanding on what data is covered by privacy mandates and where data elements are located. The partnership delivers a consolidated solution that enables CDOs, data stewards, and analytics teams to understand which policies apply to which data sets based on privacy regulations, internal policies, and the relationship of the data to the data subject or consumer. The integration of Alation and BigID guides self-service analytics users through privacy-aware data consumption by mapping business glossary terms to data elements across enterprise infrastructure. Users now gain visibility into which policies apply to specific data sets across a complex data ecosystem.

“The partnership between BigID and Alation is a natural fit. We provide the foundational discovery and privacy insight necessary to translate policy into the technical identification of data – and Alation enables customers to scale privacy-centric governance and automate data stewardship for all their data. Together, we empower users with the ability to take action at the time of execution,” said William Murphy, Alliances and Business Development, BigID.

“With the Alation and BigID partnership, data stewards and governance teams can scale and automate processes for data privacy. Now, instead of legal, privacy, and governance teams manually identifying and tagging entity identification data, policy guidance is automatically applied to data at the point of analysis — ensuring more accurate, timely and compliant data use.”

– Kiran Narsu, Vice President, Business Development, Alation.

The partnership is significant and timely as governments are increasingly enforcing regulations on how corporations must handle data that contains personal information, personally identifiable information, and personal health information, and are issuing penalizing infractions at an increasing rate. Violations of GDPR and CCPA have already resulted in aggregate fines. Enforcement of GDPR alone has already resulted in fines in excess of $550MM USD.

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About Alation

Alation pioneered the data catalog market, leading the evolution of data management from simply managing data to driving data culture. Alation customers leverage the data catalog as a platform to drive data search & discovery, data governance, data stewardship, analytics, and cloud transformation. With its powerful behavioral and linguistic intelligence technologies, collaboration capabilities, and open interfaces, Alation provides a platform for a broad range of metadata management applications by combining machine learning with human insight to tackle the most demanding challenges in data management. More than 180 organizations are driving their data cultures and improving their organizations’ decision making with Alation, including AbbVie, DraftKings, Exelon, Finnair, Genentech, GoDaddy, Marks & Spencer, MercadoLibre, Munich Re, New Balance, New Relic, Pfizer, Scandinavian Airlines, Scout24 and US Foods.  Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Alation is funded by Costanoa Ventures, Data Collective Venture Capital, Icon Ventures, Sapphire Ventures, and Salesforce Ventures. For more information, visit alation.com