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Data privacy assessment and advisory

The technology landscape advances as quickly as the regulatory landscape – let us help you reflect upon your current position and define the next moves in your compliance journey.

Our legally trained, tech savvy team will provide you with an independent assessment of the maturity of your compliance position relating to data privacy. Visually identifying where improvement is required and where Microsoft technology can help create a catalyst for change.

Our Solution

We run a series of workshop sessions where we assess your current compliance stance against real-world business scenarios surrounding data protection themes.

The process is interactive, informative and encourages discussion between departments to facilitate collaboration.  As well as gathering information for the final report, each workshop session is an opportunity for asking questions and receiving advice on regulatory requirements, best practices and Microsoft capability.


You’ll leave with a final report with a visual score to indicate the level of maturity of controls. We identify gaps and areas for improvement giving a line in the sand for you to start initiating change.

A roadmap for onward progression serves as our practical recommendation on how you can mature your compliance stance and gain more value from your Microsoft investment.

Data protection themes


 Locating personal data, defining sensitivity categories, labelling content.


 Obtaining consent, data loss prevention, data subject access requests, identifying automated decision-making.


De-identification, encryption, protecting availability, detecting data breaches, testing security controls.


Records of processing activities, flagging new requirements.

Find out more about our Data Privacy Assessment and Advisory

Our expertise

Few can match the extraordinary depth and breadth of knowledge of our team.  Experienced in risk and governance, as well as technology specialists, our clients benefit from our unique combination of skills. 

The team has extensive knowledge of compliance frameworks and knows Microsoft’s ecosystem inside out. 

We’re a trusted partner within highly regulated industries. Understanding the complexities, regulatory requirements and information governance challenges faced by them and helping to improve their compliance posture through technology is where we can add real value.

What our clients are saying about the workshops

We found the process of completing the Microsoft 365 Compliance Assessment with Cloud Essentials very useful. It was a catalyst to bring together all the stakeholders in the project and to build together a prioritised roadmap. We really benefitted from Cloud Essentials' understanding of the inner workings of Microsoft Purview, combined with their knowledge of the legislative and regulatory compliance landscape. It's provided us with a springboard for success as we prioritise improving data governance and reducing data risk.

Compliance Assessment Client

“Cloud Essentials has been essential to BulkSMS in ensuring we advance our data protection maturity in the local and global markets. We engaged with both the Data Privacy Assessment and Advisory Workshop and the Data Classification Taxonomy Workshop, which were run professionally by Cloud Essentials. In the workshops the Cloud Essentials data privacy team did a deep dive into the complexities of our operations and BulkSMS has benefited from their expert legal, compliance and technical advice in future-proofing our data protection programme.”

Privacy Officer

"I found Cloud Essentials’ approach to dealing with the process of demystifying data classification to be very effective at taking what seemed like a daunting and complex environment and breaking it down into sensible and easily consumable parts. Their depth of knowledge in this space is impressive and as a result of our interaction with them, our own depth of knowledge has increased markedly. I would recommend them with confidence."

Managing Director

"The Cloud Essentials team has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the Microsoft realm which has added massive value to our business."

Insurance company

Head of IT

"We found the data privacy workshop informative and effective. It was extremely valuable and provided actionable insights into our compliance journey."

Compliance client

Privacy Officer

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