Privacy: don’t wait too long to seek help
‘Can you just check the privacy?’ Not an unusual question for a privacy officer. And ‘just’ tends to mean quickly. But answering privacy questions often takes more time than you might think. What should you consider if you have a privacy question?
Tips for privacy questions
Privacy assessments take time but being prepared helps. So start working on privacy assurance in good time.
- Get the privacy officer involved in your project as early as possible; ask your questions too soon rather than too late.
- Make sure you have clearly defined the goal.
- Try to think of the route personal data will take so you won’t miss any aspects that will need to be reassessed later.
- Prepare for questions from the privacy officer:
- What are you going to do?
- What is the purpose?
- What personal data do you think you will be processing?
- Whose data is it?
- Why do you need the data?
- Where will the data be stored?
In certain cases, a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA) will need to be carried out. Bear in mind that a DPIA is more than just ticking a few boxes.
Where can I find help?
For questions about privacy, contact the privacy officer from your faculty or unit or contact the general email address firstname.lastname@example.org