Personal Data Analytics

Radim ŘehůřekDeep Learning, Personal Data Protection

The latest 2.0 release of PII Tools brings a brand new SAR dashboard, allowing targeted personal data search, filtering and analytics.

SAR Dashboard

Search for all files on John that contain any financial information, while restricting the results to CRITICAL severity only.

Locating Information for Data Subject Access Requests

What if you want to find all data related to a specific person for Subject Access Requests? Or filter and export all data containing financial information?

We’ve added support for those use-cases by adding a PII Analytics dashboard, giving auditors, data protection officers and data scientists a powerful toolset to use in their workflows.

PII Analytics Level 3

The dashboard provides multiple levels of resolution to view the results, all the way down to viewing the individual detections in context.

After you’ve run PII Tools over your data (local computer, cloud storages, databases…), the dashboard allows you to slice and dice the discovered information any way you like, locating and exporting objects of interest across scans.

Complex PII Queries

We spent quite a bit of time on the Analytics search bar, trying to make it powerful yet intuitive. The end result is deceptively simple: while basic searches are trivial (just start typing), it lets you build quite complex analytics queries. Search by pieces of text (name, address, phone…), filter by severity, language, PII Categories, file types…

PII Analytics search results

The dashboard allows searching by any combination of Personal and Sensitive information, stringing multiple filters with AND and OR conditions.

Once you've filtered down to a set of relevant objects, the dashboard lets you inspect the files in detail straight in the dashboard. Or you can export the result into actionable DrillDown Reports for humans, or Excel / CSV / JSON technical reports. Such exports are especially handy for ingesting the data into external compliance process tools, or sharing them with colleagues for review and remediation.

REST API for Automated Integration

Finally, as with all PII Tools capabilities, the Analytics queries are also accessible through a REST API. This is meant for programmatic integration, so customers can use PII Analytics straight from their data protection workflows, without the need for manual human input. The API works securely over HTTPS, accepting and returning data in JSON format. For details and the query language specification, see the Developer Documentation.

This is an article about PII Tools, our on-prem (self-hosted) software for accurate personal and sensitive data discovery. PII Tools uses proprietary context-aware AI technology to make the life of CISO, Security, Legal & Privacy teams easier.

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