Data governance is a two-tiered approach to managing data security and management. It’s the design and application of policies that ensure the quality of your data while also adhering to data handling and distribution legislation.
Put another way, you handle data with the software tools, guidelines, and networks in the enterprise. Data governance refers to the overarching framework that incorporates these (and more) measures according to the law. It involves the need to formalize terms and formats that describe your data to ensure fidelity over time and workflows based on strict rules of use and access.
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