Legal Glossary

Definition of Data Protection Authority (DPA)

The Data Protection Authority (DPA) is an independent public authority that oversees data protection and privacy in the European Union (EU).

The DPA ensures that organisations process, store, and transport people’s personal data in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

It also has the power to fine companies which fail to comply and offers individuals support in dealing with their rights to access, modify or delete their personal data.

The DPA works alongside other EU authorities to ensure compliance with broad data protection and privacy regulations.

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