Data protection impact assessments reduce breach risks

“Not another process!” I hear you say as more reminders flood in about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Relax. Although a data protection impact assessment (DPIA) is mandatory for some types of processing, it focuses on high-risk situations and organisations should already be familiar with such risk assessments.

What is a DPIA?

Organisations that process personal data will need to conduct DPIAs for processes that represent a high risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects in order to analyse and minimise those risks.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) says: “A DPIA is required in situations where data processing is likely to result in high risk to individuals. If a DPIA indicates that the data processing is high risk, and you cannot sufficiently address those risks, you will be required to consult the ICO to seek its opinion.”

A DPIA is essentially a risk assessment of data security, with strengthened measures and criteria to better protect personal information, especially for high-risk processes such as changing systems or large-scale processing.

This applies to organisations of any size in any country that process EU residents’ personal data.

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