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Carrying out a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is a process that helps Data Controllers and Data Processors identify, mitigate and minimize privacy risks associated with the high-risk processing of personal data. Here are the steps to carry out a DPIA:

  1. Identify the need for a DPIA: Determine whether the processing activity requires a DPIA under the applicable data protection laws.
  2. Define the scope: Identify the personal data involved, the purpose of processing, the parties involved, and the potential risks.
  3. Identify the risks: Assess the potential risks to the rights and freedoms of individuals, such as loss of confidentiality, integrity, or availability, and identify the root causes of these risks.
  4. Evaluate the risks: Determine the likelihood and severity of the identified risks, and evaluate the effectiveness of the measures already in place to mitigate these risks.
  5. Identify measures to mitigate risks: Develop and evaluate alternative options to mitigate the risks, such as technical and organizational measures.
  6. Consult with stakeholders: Consult with data subjects, data protection authorities, and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  7. Document the DPIA: Record the DPIA process, the outcome, and the measures taken to mitigate the risks.
  8. Review and update the DPIA: Regularly review and update the DPIA in light of changes to the processing activity, organizational or legal requirements, or the risks associated with the processing.

It’s important to note that DPIAs should be tailored to the specific context of the processing activity and the applicable data protection laws. It may be helpful to seek expert advice or consult the relevant guidance from Data Protection Authorities when carrying out a DPIA.

Formiti Data International UK Ltd provide Global Data Privacy Managed Services for clients. Please contact us at [email protected]

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