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Privacy impact assessments

A Privacy impact assessment (PIA) is a tool that can assist you to understand and evaluate your organisation’s compliance with the Information Privacy Principles (IPPs) in the Privacy and Data Protection Act 2014  (PDP Act). A PIA can help to identify any potential privacy risks and develop risk mitigation strategies to address these privacy impacts before a project or initiative commences.

Using a PIA helps organisations to build good practices by highlighting the privacy elements that need to be considered for every project. PIAs also assist with embedding a positive privacy culture, promoting privacy awareness and encouraging all members of the organisation to consider potential risks before a project begins.

More information

  • We have developed a PIA template for organisations to download and use.
  • To assist with completing the PIA template we have also developed a PIA accompanying guide.
  • We have also developed a short guide with tips for advocating the benefits of privacy impact assessments to get executive buy-in.
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