European Data Protection Digest

Preparing for Data Inspections and Audits


September 19, 2013

In a feature for Bloomberg Law, Morrison & Foerster’s Karin Retzer and Joanna Lopatowska offer a guide to preparing for and handling data protection audits and inspections. Citing recent figures on DPA audits, they write, “Companies need be proactive and take steps to dealing with a data protection audit. Any regulatory inspection is a burdensome undertaking, and inspections carry the risk of noncompliance being exposed, sanctions, adverse media attention and damage to reputation.” Retzer and Lopatowska examine why organisations are audited, what the general legal framework and jurisdictions are and how to prepare for and handle inspections, among other recommendations.
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