Privacy Impact Assessments

Privacy Impact Assessment

Privacy by Design

Privacy by design is an approach to projects that promotes privacy and data protection compliance from the start. St. James’s Hospital is committed to a privacy by design approach on new projects or changes in how data is captured to ensure that privacy and data protection are key considerations in the early stages of any project and throughout its lifecycle. For example when:

  • Building new IT systems for storing or accessing personal data.
  • Developing policy or strategies that have privacy implications.
  • Using data for new purposes.
  • Undertaking any data sharing initiatives.

Taking a privacy by design approach is an essential tool in reducing privacy risks and building trust. Designing projects, processes or systems with privacy in mind at the outset can lead to benefits which include:

  • Potential problems are identified at an early stage, when addressing them will often be simpler and less costly to address.
  • Increased awareness of privacy and data protection principles throughout the Hospital. 
  • Reduction in potential for data breaches and ensuring compliance with the Data Protection Act.
  • Actions are less likely to be privacy intrusive and have a negative impact on individuals.  

Privacy Impact Assessments 

Privacy Impact Assessments (PIAs) are an integral part of taking a privacy by design approach. A PIA is a tool used to identify and reduce the privacy risks of projects. A PIA can reduce the risks of harm to individuals through the misuse of their personal information. It can also help to design more efficient and effective processes for handling personal data.

Details on PIAs carried out on new projects will be published on our website.