A DPIA is a type of risk assessment. It helps you identify and minimise risks relating to personal data processing activities. DPIA’s are also sometimes known as PIA’s (privacy impact assessments).
The EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) (Article 35) require you to carry out a DPIA before certain types of processing. This ensures that you can mitigate data protection risks.
For instance, if processing personal information is likely to result in a high risk to data subjects’ rights and freedoms, you should carry out a DPIA.
You should also conduct one when introducing new data processing processes, systems or technologies.
Why are DPIAs important?
DPIA’s are a useful way of ensuring the efficiency – and cost-effectiveness – of the security measures you implement.
A risk-based approach ensures you do not waste resources attempting to mitigate threats that are unlikely to occur or will have little effect.
When required, not carrying out a DPIA could leave you open to enforcement action from data protection authorities. This could include a fine of up to 2% of your organisation’s annual global turnover or €10 million – whichever is greater.
Regular data privacy impact assessments also support the GDPR’s accountability principle. This helps your organisation prove its compliance with the Regulation – both to the supervisory authority and other stakeholders.
Our Certified Data Protection Officers provide you with all necessary guidance to compile a comprehensive DPIA and document your compliance to the Regulation.
Should the Report of the DPIA indicate high risks to the personal data that you process, our experts help you remedy vulnerabilities and eventually mitigate these risks to maintain a high level of compliance.