Why Are Companies Struggling to Achieve Data Privacy Law Compliance? 

90% of the data in the world was created in the last few years, sparking a proliferation of data privacy laws across the globe. With Europe’s GDPR leading the way, 107 countries around the world have put in place legislation to secure the protection of data and privacy. The different approaches countries take to protect privacy have created unprecedented challenges for companies to comply with the laws of each jurisdiction.

More than ever, it is crucial that organizations have a comprehensive data privacy compliance program that can address the growing risks of privacy laws around the globe.

5-Step Approach to GDPR & CCPA Compliance

At DPO Adviser, our dedicated team of privacy law professionals has developed a comprehensive five-step approach to help organizations transform their complete enterprise compliance programs to meet the complex requirements of global privacy laws.

Step 1—Discover

The first step of our approach is Discover- We begin identifying and classifying personal data, systems and processing activities. To do this, we create data flow maps to learn:

    1. Which types of personal information your company collects and shares,
    2. The purposes for which you use it,
    3. Where, for how long, and on what systems you store personal information, and
    4. The parties with whom you share personal information.

After gaining full visibility of your organizations personal data processing activities, our team designs a data privacy compliance framework to match the unique needs of your organization.

Step 2—Design

Our second step is design. We design the necessary policies, business processes, procedures, and adapt or integrate supporting technologies to address compliance requirements.

Step 3—Transform

 Our third step is to Transform- In this phase, we—implement and execute—policies, processes, technologies, along with appropriate technical and organizational security measures. One question organizations face is whether to invest in a privacy technology software to help manage issues such as consumer requests for personal information or consent management. These solutions are often costly and provide many additional features that not all organizations need. Having worked with the leading privacy technology software vendors, and understanding the particular needs of each of our clients, we can advise our clients on the best-fitting technology solutions—which means our clients avoid unneeded expenses.

Step 4—Operationalize

Our fourth step is Operationalize. During this step, we manage privacy program practices such as privacy impact assessments, employee training, responding to individual rights requests, and incident response plans.

Step 5—Maintain

The final step is to Maintain. During the final stage, we establish an ongoing data governance program to promote continued accountability. Our outsourced Data Protection Officer services allow organizations to comply with the GDPR’s requirement for appointing a Data Protection Officer. Further, companies can rely on our expertise to guide the company’s Data Privacy and Protection Program, moving forward.

Compliance is not a destination; it’s an ongoing journey that’s that requires organizations to be prepared for the privacy requirements that are rapidly evolving and changing. Contact us to learn more about how we can help your business reach its compliance goals today.

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