Gartner Research

Privacy Audits Make Privacy Investments Visible

Published: 09 March 2013

ID: G00238917

Analyst(s): Carsten Casper, Khushbu Pratap

Summary

Internal auditors and privacy professionals need to know the difference between privacy impact assessments and privacy audits. There are multiple benefits from conducting a privacy audit — from evaluating privacy program management to compliance with privacy laws.

Table Of Contents
  • Impacts

Analysis

Impacts and Recommendations

  • Without privacy audits, organizations do not know whether their privacy efforts are adequate, or whether they are spending too much or not enough
  • Upcoming changes to privacy laws will demand higher levels of assurance from compliance officers, privacy officers or other management roles who are responsible and accountable for privacy protection
  • Ad hoc privacy impact assessments are not sufficient to allow privacy officers to make their privacy programs more mature

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