Privacy impact assessments (PIAs) are a tool which can help organisations identify the most effective way to comply with their data protection obligations and meet individuals’ expectations of privacy.
The purpose of the PIA is to ensure that privacy risks are minimised while allowing the aims of the project to be met whenever possible. Risks can be identified and addressed at an early stage by analysing how the proposed uses of personal information and technology will work in practice. This analysis can be tested by consulting with people who will be working on, or affected by, the project.
Conducting a PIA does not have to be complex or time consuming but there must be a level of rigour in proportion to the privacy risks arising.
This article is intended for informational purposes only and should not be relied upon as legal advice.
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