View the data profiles in the Google Cloud console

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This page describes how to view project data profiles, table data profiles, and column data profiles in the Google Cloud console.

To respect data residency, Cloud DLP doesn't combine profiles that reside in different regions. Consequently, in the Google Cloud console, you can only see data profiles for the region that you select.

If you want to create or view reports that combine data profiles across regions in a single view, consider exporting your data profiles to BigQuery and using a premade report to visualize them in Data Studio.

For more information on data profiles, see Data profiles for BigQuery data.

Before you begin

Confirm that you have the IAM permissions that are required to view scan configurations and data profiles at the organization or project level.

View the data profiles

To view the data profiles in the Google Cloud console, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Data profiles page.

    Go to Data profiles

  2. Make sure you're viewing the correct organization or project:

    • If you generated the data profiles through an organization-level or folder-level scan, then view the organization.
    • If you generated the data profiles using a project-level scan, then view the proper project.

    To switch to a different view, on the toolbar, click the project selector. Then, select the organization or project that you want to view.

    Screenshot of the project selector on the toolbar

    Data profiles generated through a project-level scan only appear in the project purview and are not combined with the results of organization- or folder-level scans. Conversely, data profiles generated through an organization- or folder-level scan only appear in the organization purview.

  3. In the Location list, select the region that contains the data profiles you want to view. Each data profile is stored in the same region as the BigQuery data it pertains to.

The page loads the data profiles. On this page, you can view data profiles at the project and table levels. When you drill down to a specific table data profile, you can view the column-level data profiles for that table.

Projects view

On the Projects tab, each project that has data that was scanned in your selected region represents one data profile.

The following image shows a list of project data profiles. Click the image to enlarge it.

Screenshot of project data profiles

Each project data profile is an aggregation of the metrics gathered from tables that meet both of the following criteria:

  • Tables that belong to that project.
  • Tables that reside in the currently selected region in the dashboard.

Thus, it's possible to have two or more data profiles for the same project—one for each region. Those project data profiles can have different risk and sensitivity levels.

Consider this example: Project A has tables in the us-west1 and us-west2 regions. When viewing your dashboard, you select us-west1. For that view, there is a data profile for Project A. It only includes metrics gathered from Project A's tables in the us-west1 region. If you switch to the us-west2 region, another data profile for Project A is available. It only shows data related to Project A's tables in the us-west2 region.

To learn more about a project's tables, click its project ID. The data profiles list switches to Tables view, filtered for your selected project.

For more information on the metrics gathered in project data profiles, see Project-level data profiles.

Tables view

On the Tables tab, each table that was scanned in your selected region represents one data profile.

The following image shows a list of table data profiles. Click the image to enlarge it.

Screenshot of table data profiles

  • To view the profile details of a particular table, click Actions and then click View details.

  • To learn more about a table's columns, click its table ID. The page loads the columns view, which is a list of column data profiles, filtered for your selected table.

  • To go back to the Tables tab from the columns view, click Up to Profiles Dashboard.

For more information on the metrics gathered in table data profiles, see Table-level data profiles.

Columns view

In the dashboard, when you click a table data profile in the Tables tab, the columns view appears. In this view, each column of a table that was scanned in your selected region represents one data profile.

The following image shows a list of column data profiles. Click the image to enlarge it.

Screenshot of column data profiles

To view the profile details of a particular column, click Actions and then click View details.

  • To go back to the Tables tab from the columns view, click Up to Profiles Dashboard.

For more information on the metrics gathered in column data profiles, see Column-level data profiles.

Perform a deep inspection on a table

If you want to learn more about a table's contents, you can perform a deep inspection on that table. To inspect a table, follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Data profiles page.

    Go to Data profiles

  2. Find the table data profile or column data profile that you want to inspect.

  3. Click Actions, and then click Create inspection job.

  4. Fill in the details of the inspection job that you want to perform. For more information on filling in this form, see Inspect a BigQuery table.

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