What's a Data Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA)? - Jaz'ing Up GDPR!
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What’s a Data Privacy Impact Assessment (DPIA)?

Linked to the idea of Privacy by Design, a DPIA gives the Data Controller a framework for identifying, assessing and reviewing privacy risks. Under the GDPR, your organisation is required to carry out a DPIA for any Processing activity that represents a “high risk” to the rights and freedoms of Data Subjects.

The Regulation makes specific reference to particular high risk activities, including the introduction of new technology into the organisation, the evaluation of data harvested through automated Processing and the Processing of sensitive data, such as medical records.

Beyond this, activities that, typically, demand a DPIA within an organisation might include:

  • a new product launch
  • a new mobile app for customers
  • a new IT system for staff to store and access customer account information
  • CCTV surveillance systems
  • evaluation of social media profiles to isolate customers within a particular demographic
  • a data-sharing initiative with another organisation
  • the introduction of staff-monitoring technology, such as internet usage tracking

The GDPR stipulates that a DPIA should:

  • include a description of the Processing activities and the its purposes
  • assess the necessity and proportionality of the Processing
  • assess the risks to the rights and freedoms of Data Subjects
  • set out the how an organisation plans to address those risks and ensure the GDPR compliance.

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