Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Checklist

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Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Checklist

Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) identifies and minimise risks from data processing.  Help you analyse, identify and minimise any data protection risks of a project. 

This is part of your accountability obligations under the GDPR.  DPIA should help guide you to determine whether or not the level of risk is acceptable and make sure it is minimised.

What kind of “risk”?There is no explicit definition of ‘risk’ in the GDPR. 

Assessing the level of risk involves looking at both the likelihood and the severity of any potential harm and “risks to the rights and freedoms of natural persons”.

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Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) Checklist

Minimise any data protection risks.

What is the nature, scope, context and purpose of the data processing?

Understand and Document

Understand and document processing activities and identify risk.


Consult individuals, and other relevant parties.

Data Protect Officer

Ask for advice


Is data processing necessary? Proportioned to purpose. How will ensure compliance with data protection principles?

Objective Assessment

Likelihood or severity of risk to individuals.


What measures can be put in place to eliminate or reduce high risk.


Document decision making process including difference opinions


Implement the measures identified and integrated into project plan.

Review DPIA

Review and revisit when necessary.

Additional Information:

Justice and Consumers EU – Guidelines on Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) and determining whether the processing is “likely to result in a high risk” for the purposes of Regulation 2016/679

European Union Law – Protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive

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