Current investigations into data breaches and misuse of personal information highlight the need to use Privacy Impact Assessments to minimise the risk that individuals’ expectations of privacy may be affected by new technologies or new methods of data processing.

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIA) or Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIA) as they are called in the European Union (EU) data protection laws, are an essential risk management tool and in some jurisdictions are mandatory for certain types of data processing activities.

So what are PIA and DPIA?

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