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M&A and Privacy: When Privacy invites itself to the negotiation table

DataGrail was at P.S.R. in Las Vegas hosted by IAPP. Justine Vilain, our Senior Customer Success and Implementation Manager had the opportunity to attend the session “Closing the Deal: Privacy Risks in M&A Transactions” led by Sheila Jambekar, Kalinda Raina and Mark Webber. She shares her top takeaways and observations.

I Know Nothing

Next month, I will have officially completed my first year of being a software engineer. Like most engineers who are starting off their careers, I continually battle feelings of imposter syndrome - specifically those feelings of inferiority and inadequacy when surrounded by many talented and experienced engineers. These feelings often ...

Ready, Set, Sustain: Six Steps Toward CCPA Compliance

With three months until the California Consumer Privacy Act comes into effect, the time to prepare is now. Learn where to start here.

Employee Spotlight: Ryan Dudzinski, Sales Development Representative

Ryan Dudzinski graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Science in Science, Technology, and Society. Ryan competed on the Division I Varsity Swimming team at Stanford, where he competed at multiple PAC-12 and NCAA championships, helped lead recruiting activities, and earned various academic awards. He previously interned at Merrill Lynch as a Business Development intern.

Employee Spotlight: Nick Key, Enterprise Account Executive

Nick is an experienced sales executive in Silicon Valley, having grown early stage startups as well as multi-billion dollar enterprises in the fields of cybersecurity, fraud prevention, and identity management. Previously working with technologies that leverage consumer data, he is refocusing his expertise to align with enterprises on solving for their evolving data compliance needs.

Top 5 Sessions for Privacy. Security. Risk. 2019

IAPP’s flagship event, Privacy. Security. Risk. 2019 begins in less than two weeks. The event features distinguished speakers, networking opportunities, workshops, and privacy-focused sessions designed to benefit attendees. We’re sharing our top 5 events for privacy and legal professionals at PSR.

Query to Dashboard: How to use Amazon Quicksight

Amazon Quicksight is a quick and easy-to-use analytics tool for building visualizations of data, perform various analyses, and provide insights from data. It works directly with Amazon Web Services (AWS) data sources, allowing for a speedy setup and low up-front effort to start creating analyses and visualizations.

Doing Property-Based Testing on CRUD, the Thoughtless Way

Property-based testing doesn't need to be for people who want to think a lot about their tests. You can also learn a few patterns and then start applying them without too much thinking.

Employee Spotlight: Justine Vilain - Senior Customer Success & Implementation Manager

This week’s spotlight features Justine Vilain. Justine previously worked at AlphaSights London in the Legal & Compliance department before moving to a Customer Success Management role at Odoo. She brings to DataGrail an educational foundation in legal studies, specializing in data privacy and protection.

Employee Spotlight: Noah Ezekwugo, Software Engineer

Noah Ezekwugo graduated from University of Washington after studying Informatics with a specialization in information architecture. Previously, Noah worked as a software developer at Glowforge, a company focused on 3-D laser printers; he also founded and served as CTO at backerbird, a discovery and engagement platform for arts & culture nonprofits.

GDPR Chapter 3: Where Are We Now & How Can We Use It to Prepare for The CCPA

The importance of ensuring that the mechanisms are in place gives businesses the capability of promptly and fully responding to data subject’s requests to exercise their rights regarding their personal data.

API Design Series - Part 1

At DataGrail, we build a lot of integrations with 3rd party web APIs. Some APIs are a joy to work with, while some are a nightmare. In this blog series, we will look at design and feature choices that can make or break an application programming interface.

Employee Spotlight: Randy Ryan, Senior Product Manager

This week’s spotlight features Randy Ryan. Randy earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Economics from Harvard University and has previously worked as a senior product manager at Reflektive and as a PM at Disney Interactive. Randy is excited to be driving new features, product refinements, and more by leading the DataGrail product team going forward.

Employee Spotlight: Dan Taylor, Technical Lead

Dan is a self-taught engineer who landed his first professional engineering role right out of high school. He has focused on working at startups, with a special emphasis on high-throughput data systems.

The NYT Privacy Forum: Experts Outline 3 Essential Insights on Your Privacy

Did you miss the NYT Privacy Forum on Wednesday? We’ve recapped 3 essential insights on your privacy from the expert panel.

The Future of Data Privacy in the United States

Analyzing the state of privacy regulation, including the CCPA, Nevada’s privacy law, and bills introduced in New York and Washington State

The Age of Privacy Requires a New Approach: Announcing Additional $5M Funding for DataGrail

We’re proud to announce we have secured an additional $5M funding — led by existing investor Cloud Apps Capital Partners — and we welcome Mallun Yen to our Board of Directors

Data Privacy Enforcement Trends: Analyzing Companies' Biggest Failures

What aspects of the regulations were most frequently violated, where are the biggest pain points for organizations, and what can we learn from GDPR challenges as CCPA’s implementation looms closer.

Interview Series: Bryant Fry, Deputy Director, Privacy Shield at Better Business Bureau

DataGrail recently interviewed Bryant Fry — IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy and Deputy Director — Privacy Shield at BBB National Programs to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy.

Interview Series: Tara Taubman Bassirian, Data Protection and IP Consultant at Data Rainbow

DataGrail recently interviewed Tara Taubman Bassirian, Data Protection and IP Consultant at Data Rainbow to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy.

Employee Spotlight: Jen Driggers, Senior UX Designer

This week’s spotlight features Jen Driggers. Jen received her Bachelor’s in Graphic Design from George Mason University and previously worked as a product and UX designer at KeepSafe Software and Simple Focus. Jen is excited to take the reins on designing the visual aspects of DataGrail’s products and solutions going forward.

Interview Series: Alexandra Ross, Director, Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel at Autodesk

DataGrail recently interviewed Alexandra Ross, Director, Global Privacy and Data Security Counsel at Autodesk to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy.

Interview Series: Gordon Wade, Data Privacy and Protection Lawyer at PwC Middle East

DataGrail recently interviewed Gordon Wade, Data Privacy and Protection Lawyer at PwC Middle East to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy.

Interview Series: Jeanne Sheahan, Head of Privacy Compliance at First Republic Bank

DataGrail recently interviewed Jeanne Sheahan, Head of Privacy Compliance at First Republic Bank to bring you insights from a leading privacy professional in the field of data privacy.

Employee Spotlight: Sai Maddali, Sales Development Representative

This week’s spotlight features Sai S. Maddali. Sai received his Bachelor’s in Economics from UC Berkeley and previously worked as an investment associate at Fisher Investments. Sai is excited to join the Sales team, driving growth and fostering development with potential customers at DataGrail.

Nevada’s New Privacy Law: How It Matches up against the CCPA

Add Nevada to the growing list of states implementing new data privacy laws. Sue Poremba breaks down what is coming with Nevada's law in October, and how it compares to the CCPA.

Benchmarking the Cost of Compliance

Ready or not, the Age of Privacy is here. And as the California Consumer Protection Act (CCPA) approaches, we’re sharing the lessons learned from organizations who spent 2017 and 2018 working toward GDPR compliance.

Data Mapping: The Starting Point for Data Privacy Compliance

Data mapping is discovering what data you collect, where it’s stored, with whom it’s shared, how long it’s retained, and for what purposes it’s used.

Top Three Takeaways from Global Privacy Summit 2019

Top Three Takeaways from Global Privacy Summit 2019 As part of the DataGrail team, I attended my first Global Privacy Summit (“GPS”) in Washington two weeks ago and wanted to share a few of my thoughts as someone who is newer to the privacy world.

Employee-Driven Learning

Most training programs miss the mark. At a startup, traditional top-down training models do not get the job done. We are trying something different: Employee-Driven Learning.

Employee Spotlight: Sean Heisler, Head of Operations

This week’s spotlight features Sean Heisler, Head of Operations. Sean previously led Revenue Operations at Domino Data Lab and operations at He comes from a background in Project Management and Engineering and has been helping tech companies scale their operations.

Employee Spotlight: Tamila Bubuteishvili, Senior QA Engineer

This week’s spotlight features Tamila Bubuteishvili, Senior QA Engineer. Tamila previously led Quality Assurance at Smule Inc., has experience in building QA processes and teams from scratch, and has successfully delivered numerous web and mobile projects throughout 10+ years of QA Engineering.

Interview Series: Susan Lyon-Hintze, Founder, Managing Partner at Hintze Law PLLC

DataGrail recently interviewed Susan Lyon-Hintze, Founder and Managing Partner at Hintze Law PLLC , to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy.

Data Privacy Changes Coming to California in 2020

On March 22, The Berkeley Center for Law and Technology hosted a forum to discuss data privacy laws around the world and the upcoming CCPA regulations in California.

Interview Series: Scott Giordano, IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy

DataGrail recently interviewed Scott Giordano, IAPP Fellow of Information Privacy, VP of data protection at Spirion and data privacy attorney, to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy.

Need to Know Series: Washington Next in Line for Privacy Regulation

On March 6th, 2019, the Washington Senate passed a bill concerning consumer data privacy and protection with an overwhelming 46-1 vote. Read on to learn how it will affect consumers and businesses, and what the next steps are for the bill to become a law.

The DataGrail Engineering Way

Hello, World! This is yet another engineering blog ( YAEB ). To kick things off and before we geek out about what we're building, we'd like to share our engineering culture. It'll help you understand the how and the why.

The Future of Data Protection and Other RSA Observations

Data privacy is having its moment, and the topic made its way into many of the sessions, keynote addresses, and general conversations at RSA Conference 2019.

Prioritizing Data, Security, & Privacy

In this article we recap the ways in which their teams together drive business continuity and lay the foundations for a secure and privacy focused operation.

Employee Spotlight: Howon Lee, Software Engineer

This week’s spotlight features Howon Lee, our newest Software Engineer. Howon previously worked at STRIVR Inc., also as a software engineer, and at various startups previously, also as a software engineer.

Tim Cook and Apple Embrace Role as Data Privacy and Protection Leader

While some tech companies have given lip service to wanting to be leaders in privacy, others have taken action and tightened privacy practices. Many have called for federal privacy laws, including Apple. Tim Cook has been outspoken in his support for better data privacy efforts at every level.

SaaStr Annual 19 Recap

Read on to find out what the DataGrail Challenge was, how 60+ companies did on the challenge, and what else went on at SaaStr Annual 2019.

Employee Spotlight: Brad Cogswell, Account Executive

This week’s spotlight features Brad Cogswell, our newest Account Executive. Brad previously worked in Sales and Account Relationship roles at ToutApp. Brad also has professional experience in real estate investments and equity.

Privacy as Culture

Find out how privacy executives from LinkedIn, Verizon, Visa, Microsoft, & more help shape their companies business operations and culture to promote consumer transparency and data control.

Evolving Privacy Laws Empower Consumers

The GDPR arrived in May, California passed and amended it’s consumer privacy regulation, and Colorado put their privacy law online back in September. Yet, consumers and businesses alike want their governments to pass even more data privacy legislation.

CCPA Public Forum (San Francisco): 10 Topics & Comments

On January 8th, the California Department of Justice held its first of six public forums on the CCPA , a privacy law set to be effective January 1st, 2020. See what concerns and comments were stated by the public.

Employee Spotlight: Carol Tang, Head of Marketing

This week’s spotlight features Carol Tang, DataGrail’s Head of Marketing. Carol has 8 years of both b2b and b2c marketing experience in the Bay Area and was an engineer in a prior life.

Interview Series: Jennee DeVore, Corporate Counsel

DataGrail recently interviewed Jennee DeVore, Corporate Counsel at Penumbra, to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy. Read on for insights from a leading legal professional on the topic of data privacy.

Data Privacy Will Become Consumers Top Issue in 2019

With almost every website asking for permissions on data collection, consumers are now more aware than ever of their data privacy rights.

Employee Spotlight: Ignacio Zendejas, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer

This week’s spotlight features Ignacio (Iz) Zendejas, our Co-founder and CTO. Ignacio has a decade of experience in software development including working on large-scale machine learning

Need to Know Series: How Preference Management Can Drive User Satisfaction

Discover what preference management is, why it improves communication with users, and how your business could benefit by implementing it.

You Probably Have More Personal Data, in More Systems, Than You Think

There’s lots of guides on the internet to consent and so-forth, but relatively few that dive into hands-on implementation details. DataGrail is happy to describe two less-discussed aspects of a compliant GDPR programme: Data inventory and mapping and operationalizing GDPR requests.

Employee Spotlight: Valerie Sui, Software Engineer

This spotlight features Valerie Sui, a software engineer and App Academy graduate who has experience in data analytics.

Interview Series: Melanie Kennedy, Vice President and General Counsel

DataGrail recently interviewed Melanie Kennedy , Vice President and General Counsel at MarketStar , to bring you insights from a leading legal professional in the field of data privacy. Here’s what we learned.

IAPP Privacy, Security, and Risk (P.S.R.) 2018

Workshops and General Session Recap, October 18-19 Austin, TX

Why Tech Companies Want a National Privacy Law

Americans want data privacy laws. Well, at least that’s the case since GDPR went into effect in May 2018 and U.S.-based consumers learned about the protections their EU counterparts were now receiving. States paid attention, and across the country there are scattershot bills introduced and laws passed.

Employee Spotlight: TingTing Jiang, Software Engineer

This spotlight features TingTing, a software engineer and App Academy graduate, who has experience in tax services. TingTing is inspired by challenges that software engineers face every day and thrives thrives in collaborative teams.

Employee Spotlight: Josh Kuiros, Senior Software Engineer

This week’s spotlight features Josh, a software engineer from Pittsburgh, PA. Josh has 5 years of experience in full stack web development ranging from small startups to Fortune 500 companies.

Employee Spotlight: Liz Nguyen, Operations Manager

DataGrail’s Employee Spotlight series highlights the person behind the professional, digging deep and discovering what drives our team members. This week’s spotlight features Liz Nguyen, our operations manager. Liz is a Silicon Valley native and has thrived in multiple administrative roles at early and mid-stage startups.

Need to Know Series: The Indian Personal Data Protection Bill

In late July, India released the Personal Data Protection Bill 2018. The privacy legislation was jump-started by an Indian Supreme Court decision that claimed privacy is a fundamental right and challenged government to come up with a “a regime for data protection.

Salesforce & GDPR: What It Means for Your Company

To better prepare your organization for improved data privacy and transparency, we’re providing tactical tips to help you work with the many different systems used to manage data.

Employee Spotlight: Mallory Surpless, Director of Customer Success

This week, we sat down with Mallory Surpless — our new Director of Customer Success. Mallory has 6 years of experience in customer-facing services in multiple industries and brings with her a positive and curious mindset.

Employee Spotlight: Charlie Thomas, Software Engineer

This week's employee spotlight is focused on our newest team member, Charlie Thomas! Charlie hails from New York City and brings along his extensive background in Financial Regulatory Compliance — coupled with knowledge and skills in software development that he learned from App Academy’s rigorous curriculum.

Is it Time for an American GDPR?

GDPR is now in effect, American companies are paying attention, and California quickly passed its Consumer Privacy Act, which is scheduled to go into effect in 2020. Yet, Americans don’t have the same data privacy protections as EU residents.

Employee Spotlight: Earl Hathaway, Co-founder and CPO

DataGrail’s Employee Spotlight series highlights the person behind the professional, digging deep and discovering what drives our team members. This week, we sat down with Earl — our Chief Product Officer and founder — who shares a slice of his background and how he started DataGrail.

Sweet Sixteen Privacy Policies — Part 2

Ever wonder where, how, and why your personal data is processed? Post-GDPR, you might be able to find the answers by looking at privacy policies. In part 2 of our Sweet Sixteen series, we’re bringing you the highlights from 8 more privacy policies.

Sweet Sixteen Privacy Policies — Part 1

Inbox flooded in May? Tired of the words Privacy Policy? What’s Changed? After the EU instated the GDPR, companies were forced to update privacy policies, and we’ve looked into a few of them to break down the most important parts!

Snapchat Begins Transparency Trend with Personal Data Access for Users

Ever wonder where your personal information is being collected? Thanks to the the GDPR, you may be able to find out. In the GDPR’s wake, Snapchat has released a new path for users to access their data.

Modern Business & the Role of the Data Protection Officer

With recent data breaches, scandals, and trends in big data, Data Protection Officers are proving essential for companies who process or control user data.

Need to Know Series: California Bill Protects Resident’s Personal Data

The state of California has passed sweeping legislation to regulate businesses and protect personal data of its residents. Read on to find out the important details about how businesses and consumers will be affected.

Interview Series: Richard Merrygold, Director of Group Data Protection

Richard Merrygold shares his expertise on data privacy and his role as a Data Protection Officer at Homeserve.

Why You Should Intern at a Startup | My Experience @ DataGrail

Kyle Schryver shares his experience interning at DataGrail. Find out why working at a startup is a terrific way to start your career with insights into what makes Kyle's work so unique and rewarding.

Gunderson Industry Insights | DataGrail

GDPR has arrived and companies are affected worldwide. Find out how to comply and align with new data regulation with the help of DataGrail.