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Shed light on your dark data before GDPR comes into force

April 17, 2018

Via: CIO

Also referred to as unstructured data, dark data is growing at a rate of 62% per year, according to IDG. By 2022, they say, 93% of all data will be unstructured.

Gartner defines dark data as, “the information assets organizations collect, process and store during regular business activities, but generally fail to use for other purposes”. Consisting of data from a huge variety of sources – emails, documents, instant messages, digital media posts, partly developed applications – or just information which isn’t being used or analyzed, its nomenclature makes it sound foreboding. With new regulations such as the GDPR coming into force, businesses must gain a clear understanding of the data they hold. For structured data, this is straightforward. But dark data is much harder to manage, stored across a distributed IT environment with no single owner.

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