Legal Glossary

Definition of Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA)

Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) is a process that websites should undertake to identify and minimise data protection risks.

It involves assessing the likelihood and severity of potential risks arising from any data processing activities.

This might include considering what personal data is collected, how it’s processed, how it’s stored and for how long, who has access to it and what controls are in place to protect it.

A DPIA should also consider the effects of any breaches or loss of data.

As part of the assessment, measures should be taken to ensure compliance with applicable data protection laws and regulations.

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