Press Release

OneTrust Acquires DataGuidance, Integrates Hundreds of Privacy Laws into OneTrust Privacy Management

Integrated platform brings an in-depth and up-to-date privacy and security research platform to the world’s most widely-used dedicated privacy management technology platform

March 11, 2019

Today OneTrust, the largest and most widely used dedicated privacy management technology platform, announced it has acquired DataGuidance, an in-depth and up-to-date privacy and security regulatory research platform. The DataGuidance online technology platform has indexed, structured, categorized, and made searchable hundreds of global privacy and security laws and frameworks, along with over ten thousand associated templates, guidance, case law and resources. The depth of the DataGuidance platform comes from 20 years of operations in the market. The unique insights, global coverage and updated nature of the platform comes from a contributor network of 500 privacy lawyers across 300 jurisdictions, combined with over 15 in-house legal researchers who feed daily updates and alerts into the platform.

By integrating OneTrust and DataGuidance, customers now have access to both actionable information about the changing legal and compliance frameworks around the world and tools to implement and monitor compliance to those changes. This approach provides the only solution that gives privacy departments the tools they need to efficiently monitor and manage the complex and changing environments across privacy, security and third-party risk compliance. The platform is generally available today, and allows customers to access their DataGuidance subscription directly within OneTrust. The associated guidance from DataGuidance is now integrated directly into OneTrust products, enabling organisations to leverage OneTrust to drive compliance with hundreds of global privacy and security laws and frameworks, including recent regulatory updates such as the California Consumer Privacy Act, Brazil LGPD, GDPR and all EU Member State Derogations.

Following the acquisition of DataGuidance, OneTrust now serves over 2,500 customers worldwide, both big and small, in over 100 countries, with an in-house team of 700 full-time employees across six global locations. The technology platform is continuously updated by over 300 global R&D resources, making OneTrust the most powerful and easy to use privacy management platform on the market. The now combined team consists of over 20 in-house privacy researchers, supported by a contributor network of over 500 lawyers representing over 300 jurisdictions, feeding updates into the hundreds of laws and frameworks, along with over ten thousand associated templates, guidance, case law, and resources, all built into the OneTrust platform.

“Organizations are increasingly needing scalable solutions to help them tackle not just the GDPR, but multiple privacy laws across hundreds of sectors and jurisdictions that are constantly changing,” said Kabir Barday, OneTrust CEO and Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP), OneTrust. “OneTrust and DataGuidance together create the solution. We evaluated all the players in the market and it was clear DataGuidance was at the top of the field with expert in-house resources, a global contributor network and an incredible customer base with high satisfaction scores. DataGuidance is not just a research tool, but a technology platform that brings structure to all this information, making it possible to integrate their deep regulatory insight into OneTrust’s most widely used privacy management technology.”

“We built DataGuidance to give our customers the most in-depth and up to date regulatory research and insight available on global privacy laws, and today’s acquisition will bring together two of the top technologies to power global privacy compliance at scale,” said David Longford, CEO, DataGuidance. “With our shared vision and commitment to customer success, we’re excited to bring the full DataGuidance platform, team, contributor network and customer base into OneTrust.”

“The area of privacy-preserving measures is constantly in flux. For true data protection, privacy professionals need technologies that are powered by the latest research, while remaining flexible enough to allow companies to create their own programs that best suit their business needs,” said Ann Cavoukian, Ph.D., Distinguished Expert-in-Residence, Privacy by Design Centre of Excellence, Ryerson University. I’ve watched OneTrust and DataGuidance grow over the years and deliver true value, especially for their customers. I have no doubt that combining the two will deliver even greater value for their customers. This is a unique integration for all involved, ultimately yielding positive gains for the privacy field.”

The principal shareholder of DataGuidance said, “I am delighted that DataGuidance is now part of OneTrust. Lindsey Greig, who founded the business, had the ambition for DataGuidance to become a global force in privacy intelligence and that has now been achieved.”  The shareholders were advised on the sale by Quercus Corporate Finance.

The OneTrust and DataGuidance teams will be at the IAPP Data Protection Intensive: UK on 13 and 14 March at Stands 6 and 20 to meet with customers, partners and prospects and answer questions. For additional information, or to request a live OneTrust Privacy Management Software demo, visit or email

OneTrust, DataGuidance, PrivacyConnect and PrivacyTech are registered trademarks or trademarks of OneTrust LLC in the United States and other jurisdictions.


About OneTrust

OneTrust is the largest and most widely used technology platform to operationalize privacy, security and third-party risk management. According The Forrester New Wave™: GDPR and Privacy Management Software, Q4 2018, OneTrust “leads the pack for vision and execution.” Additionally, Fast Company named OneTrust as one of 2019’s World’s Most Innovative Companies.

More than 2,500 customers, both big and small and across 100 countries, use OneTrust to implement their privacy, security and third-party risk programs, automatically generating the specific record keeping needed to demonstrate compliance with privacy regulations including the EU GDPR, California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), Brazil LGPD, and hundreds of the world’s privacy laws.

OneTrust’s size and scale allows it to offer the easiest-to-use and most affordable solution for implementing use cases including: Privacy Maturity Benchmarking, Data Protection by Design and Default (PbD), Data Protection Impact Assessments (PIA/DPIA), Third-Party Vendor Risk Management, Incident and Breach Response, Data Mapping (Records of Processing), Customer Preference Management, Consent Management, Website Scanning & Cookie Compliance, Mobile App Scanning, Data Subject/Consumer Rights Management and Policy & Notice Management. The software, available in 60+ languages, is backed by 44 awarded patents, integrates with 200+ technology partners, and can be deployed in the cloud or on-premise.

The platform’s intelligence comes from DataGuidance by OneTrust, an in-depth and up-to-date source of privacy and security regulatory summaries, guidance, templates, case law, and analysis. Hundreds of global privacy and security laws and frameworks are built-in, including security frameworks like ISO27001. The database is updated daily by over 20 in-house privacy researchers, along with a network of 500 lawyers across over 300 jurisdictions, and by active input as part of OneTrust’s regulatory engagement program.

OneTrust’s customers are supported by a worldwide team of over 100 in-house privacy implementation and support resources and boasts a customer satisfaction score of 95%. Customers can also access more than 1,000 external individuals who have completed the OneTrust Certified Privacy Management Professional program.

The OneTrust Global Privacy Community is the largest, most active and globally available community for privacy technology. Each year, OneTrust brings together over 10,000 professionals across 400 local events to share best practices and breakdown the latest technology innovations driving global privacy compliance. Events include PrivacyConnect workshops in 80+ international and PrivacyTECH, OneTrust’s global user conference.

OneTrust’s 700 employees are located across co-headquarters in Atlanta and in London with additional locations in Bangalore, Melbourne, Munich and Hong Kong. To learn more, visit or connect on LinkedInTwitter and Facebook.


About DataGuidance by OneTrust

DataGuidance by OneTrust an in-depth and up-to-date privacy and security regulatory research platform powered by more than two decades of global privacy law research. Hundreds of global privacy laws and over ten thousand additional resources are mapped into DataGuidance to give customers in-depth research, information, insight and perspectives on the world’s evolving list of global privacy regulations. To learn more, visit

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