CNIL releases its own privacy maturity self-assessment model

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France’s data protection authority, the Commission nationale de l’informatique et des libertés released its “first reflectionsâ€� on a privacy maturity self-assessment model Sept. 9, thus becoming the first European DPA to propose a privacy maturity model. This offers an occasion to introduce the concept of a maturity model to those who are not already familiar with it while taking a closer look at the CNIL’s release.

What is a maturity model?

Maturity models are assessment systems that allow organizations to evaluate their current state of progress in a given area. They originated a few decades ago in the field of quality management but are now used in a wide variety of domains such as software development, human resources, learning, marketing and cybersecurity.

This is usually done in the form of a matrix that provides, for a number of subject-specific criteria related to processes, products or people, a description of what they look like when they reach predefined maturity levels (often five, sometimes more). Simply

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