Companies and organizations are entrusted with protecting the data of their clients. Client data is in most cases personal and could be used by malicious third parties for financial gain through identity theft or even blackmailing. It goes without saying that companies must protect digital information from falling into the wrong hands. It is a continuous and never-ending process. One of the ways is through the application of a DPIA. So what exactly is a DPIA and how is it conducted? Read the guide below for more information on the same. You can also click on https://ethyca.com/data-protection-impact-assessments/.
In full, DPIA stands for Data Protection Impact Assessment and it represents a designed process used to identify the possibility of data risks occurring due to the
There are several benefits of conducting a DPIA.
DPIA is informed by the GDPR. And while the GDPR doesn’t outline the process of conducting a DPIA, there are a number of implied steps that can be derived from reading the GDPR. In addition, the lack of a prescribed process by the GDPR is to allow for scalability and flexibility due to the different sizes of organizations.
Step 1: Identification and Description of data flow. The methods of Data Collection, Processing, and Storage should be identified. You should also determine the kind of information that will be required in the project or organization.
Step 2: Identification of Data related risks. The company should examine the project/ structure of the company and assess where data is likely to be stolen by third parties. This step should be refined continuously to take in new risks.
Step 3: Mitigation. Identify solutions that can be taken to reduce the data risks in step 2. You can label them as ‘data protection solutions’.
Step 4: This involves implementation and constant review of the solutions identified. This must be recorded so that if need be they can be reviewed and improved later on.
Authoritative Sources: https://www.dataprotection.ie/en/organisations/know-your-obligations/data-protection-impact-assessments#when-is-a-dpia-not-required & https://ec.europa.eu/info/law/law-topic/data-protection/reform/rules-business-and-organisations/obligations/when-data-protection-impact-assessment-dpia-required_en