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Privacy Impact Assessments: The UK Experience

31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners

11 Pages Posted: 16 May 2010  

Adam Warren

Loughborough University

Robin Bayley

Linden Consulting

Colin Bennett

University of Victoria

Andrew J. Charlesworth

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Roger Clarke

Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd; University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law; Research School of Computer Science

Charles Oppenheim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

This paper builds on original work undertaken as part of a team of researchers into Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs), defined as a systematic risk assessment tool that can be usefully integrated into decision-making processes. The team were commissioned by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) in June 2007 to develop a study of PIAs in overseas jurisdictions and a handbook to guide UK organisations through the PIA process. This research has subsequently attracted interest in the UK and overseas. PIAs are now mandatory for all UK central government departments. In this paper, the development of the project team’s PIA methodology and subsequent user experiences led to a key project output, the PIA handbook. The handbook has become a significant part of the privacy ‘toolkit’ and has impacted on public policy. Some important lessons from PIAs conducted in the UK and overseas are identified. Finally, areas are outlined for further development.

Keywords: Data protection, privacy impact, public policy

JEL Classification: I00

Suggested Citation

Warren, Adam and Bayley, Robin and Bennett, Colin and Charlesworth, Andrew J. and Clarke, Roger and Oppenheim, Charles, Privacy Impact Assessments: The UK Experience (2009). 31st International Conference of Data Protection and Privacy Commissioners. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1606762 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1606762

Adam Warren (Contact Author)

Loughborough University ( email )

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Loughborough, LE11 3HZ
Great Britain

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Robin Bayley

Linden Consulting ( email )

Canada

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Colin Bennett

University of Victoria ( email )

3800 Finnerty Rd
Victoria, British Columbia V8P 5C2
Canada

Andrew J. Charlesworth

affiliation not provided to SSRN ( email )

Roger Clarke

Xamax Consultancy Pty Ltd ( email )

78 Sidaway St
Chapman, ACT 2611
Australia
+61 2 6288 1472 (Phone)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

Research School of Computer Science ( email )

Canberra, Australian Capital Territory 2601
Australia

Charles Oppenheim

affiliation not provided to SSRN

No Address Available

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