What’s the difference between 'Master Record' and 'Non-Master Record' Privacy Assessments?

A. Master Record Assessments are used for basic/simple 2-level linked assessment, whereby any related registers used in the assessment will link directly to the Master register. This type of assessment is used for more basic data gathering. 

In the example below, you can see that all related registers link directly to the processing activity register: 

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B. Non-Master Record Assessments are used for more complex 3-level linked assessments which can have multiple primary records and registers linked to them. For example, you may want to use a Non-Master Record Assessment-type for more complex and granular data gathering (typically using the processing event register) to discover what items of Personal Data are being transferred between particular business areas or to third parties. Example below:

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The main visual difference between the 2 assessment types is that Master Record Assessments allow administrators to select one Master (Primary) Register, and display any of its register fields throughout the assessment, rather than appearing in a single pop-up model as seen in Non-Master Record Assessments

Master Record Assessments also allow question logic to be applied to register fields, which means respondents can be presented with questions that they only need to complete depending on questions they've answered previously in an assessment.

Please see below a Master Record and Non-Master Record feature comparison table.

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