Privacy Impact Assessment

  • David Wright
  • Paul De Hert

Part of the Law, Governance and Technology Series book series (LGTS, volume 6)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxviii
  2. Setting the Scene

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Wright, Paul De Hert
      Pages 3-32
    3. Gwendal Le Grand, Emilie Barrau
      Pages 97-116
  3. Five Countries Lead the Way

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 17-17
    2. Robin M. Bayley, Colin J. Bennett
      Pages 161-185
    3. Adam Warren, Andrew Charlesworth
      Pages 205-224
    4. Kenneth A. Bamberger, Deirdre K. Mulligan
      Pages 225-250
  4. PIA in the Private Sector: Three Examples

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 251-251
    2. Tobias Bräutigam
      Pages 253-274
    3. Florian Thoma
      Pages 275-284
    4. Stephen Deadman, Amanda Chandler
      Pages 285-304
  5. Specialised PIA: The Cases of the Financial Services Industry and the RFID PIA Framework

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 305-305
    2. John Martin Ferris
      Pages 307-321
    3. Laurent Beslay, Anne-Christine Lacoste
      Pages 347-359
  6. Specific Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 361-361
    2. Charles Raab, David Wright
      Pages 363-383
    3. David Wright, Emilio Mordini
      Pages 397-418
    4. David Wright, Paul De Hert
      Pages 445-481
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 483-523

About this book


Virtually all organisations collect, use, process and share personal data from their employees, customers and/or citizens. In doing so, they may be exposing themselves to risks, from threats and vulnerabilities, of that data being breached or compromised by negligent or wayward employees, hackers, the police, intelligence agencies or third-party service providers. A recent study by the Ponemon Institute found that 70 per cent of organisations surveyed had suffered a data breach in the previous year.
Privacy impact assessment is a tool, a process, a methodology to identify, assess, mitigate or avoid privacy risks and, in collaboration with stakeholders, to identify solutions.
Contributors to this book – privacy commissioners, academics, consultants, practitioners, industry representatives – are among the world’s leading PIA experts. They share their experience and offer their insights to the reader in the policy and practice of PIA in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States and elsewhere.
This book, the first such on privacy impact assessment, will be of interest to any organisation that collects or uses personal data and, in particular, to regulators, policy-makers, privacy professionals, including privacy, security and information officials, consultants, system architects, engineers and integrators, compliance lawyers and marketing professionals.
In his Foreword, leading surveillance studies and privacy scholar Gary T. Marx says, “This state-of-the-art book describes the most comprehensive tool yet available for policy-makers to evaluate new personal data information technologies before they are introduced.”
This book could save your organisation many thousands or even millions of euros (or dollars) and the damage to your organisation’s reputation and to the trust of employees, customers or citizens if it suffers a data breach that could have been avoided if only it had performed a privacy impact assessment before deploying a new technology, product, service or other initiative involving personal data.


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Editors and affiliations

  • David Wright
    • 1
  • Paul De Hert
    • 2
  1. 1.Trilateral Research & ConsultingLondonUK
  2. 2.Vrije Universiteit Brussel (LSTS)BrusselsBelgium

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