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Glossary definition: Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)

Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA): A Comprehensive Guide

Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is a process used to identify, assess, and manage data protection risks within an organization. It is an important tool for organizations to ensure that personal data is processed in accordance with the applicable data protection laws and regulations. A DPIA is a risk-based assessment that helps organizations to identify and mitigate any potential risks associated with the processing of personal data. It is used to evaluate the necessity and proportionality of the processing activities, to identify and assess the potential risks to the rights and freedoms of individuals, and to identify any measures necessary to address those risks. The DPIA should be conducted before the processing of personal data begins and should be updated periodically to ensure that the risks are managed and minimized. The DPIA should include the identification of the data controller and processor, the purpose of the data processing, the categories of personal data to be processed, the recipients of the data, the duration of the data processing, the security measures in place, and the measures taken to protect the rights of the data subjects.