GDPR audits are investigations which evaluate the processes for fulfilling privacy data requirements and GDPR guidelines. They are conducted by internal or external auditors and take place in irregularly planned intervals or in a case of doubt.
The focus of the GDPR audit is to determine whether the organization has implemented adequate policies and procedures to regulate the processing of PII – personal identifiable information data. Additionally, the review will ensure that monitoring of personal data processing is carried out by such policies and procedures, and identifying and controlling the risks to prevent privacy data breaches.
The scope of the GDPR audit is agreed in consultation with the stakeholders to identify relevant privacy data protection risks within the organization. It takes into consideration both generic privacy data protection issues, as well as specific concerns about data protection policies and procedures.
The GDPR audit assesses the organization’s processing of personal data to ensure GDPR compliance requirements with ‘good GDPR practice’, that are in agreement of the Data Controller. A good practice, are defined as the defined principles for processing the necessary personal data, and to be in compliance with the requirements of GDPR.
The benefits of a GDPR audit include:
- Raising GDPR data protection awareness;
- Documenting management commitment to recognize the value of GDPR data protection;
- Independent assurance of data protection policies processes and practices;
- Identification of data protection risks with specific recommendations to automate compliance;
- Knowledge sharing for GDPR training and improvement
It’s important to conduct GDPR audits, to check that processes are in place to deal with the tasks required, including the right to be forgotten and data portability, and so that data protection officers [DPO’s] and staff know what to do in the case of a privacy data breach.