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Find out what data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) are, when they must be done, and who should be involved. Download and adapt our DPIA template to save you time.

What is a data protection impact assessment?

A data protection impact assessment (DPIA) is a process that helps you:

  • Thoroughly analyse your data processing
  • Identify and minimise data protection risks
  • Comply with accountability obligations under the UK GDPR 
  • Assess and demonstrate how you comply with all of your data protection obligations

Read more in the guidance from the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO):

When to conduct one

You must carry out a DPIA before you begin any type of processing that's likely to result in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals.

To assess whether something is likely to result in a high risk, look out for any features or red flags of a 'high risk'. 

Remember that it's the job of the DPIA to assess in detail whether something is high risk or likely to result

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