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Data Protection Validation & Audit

Demonstrating Accountability

A key driver of the value of your data is that your organisation must have the lawful right to use the data in a way which is compliant with applicable laws and your contractual obligations.

Any potential risks associated with your collection and use of personal data – including those posed by third parties you share data with – will reduce its value.

We offer a way to obtain independent, third party validation of the extent to which your business or its suppliers and data processors meet their obligations under privacy legislation including the Data Protection Act 2018 and GDPR.

Audit & Assurance

Areas we review

  • Accountability Arrangements

    The extent to which your data protection roles, policies and procedures and mechanisms to monitor compliance meet the Accountability principle.

  • Records Management

    The processes in place for managing personal data including controls to monitor the creation, storage, sharing, retention and destruction of personal data records.

  • Lawful Processing

    The steps your organisation has taken to identify and record the appropriate lawful bases on which it processes personal data. How you provide transparent information to Data subjects.

  • Security of personal data

    The technical and organisational measures in place to protect personal data and your organisation's procedures for managing data breaches.

  • Data Subject rights

    The procedures in operation for recognising and responding to individuals’ requests under Data Subject rights e.g. for access to their personal data.

  • Training & Awareness

    Your provision of staff Information governance training and the awareness of data protection requirements relating to their roles and responsibilities.


Helping you manage information governance risk

Once we understand the gaps which need to be closed, we build a solution which includes helping you roll out a privacy friendly culture to all parts of your business. We create any new processes and documentation and help embed them within your company culture, starting with the quick wins and managing the process of anchoring new approaches and processes into your BAU operations including:

You're never on your own

Complying with privacy regulation is not a one off commitment and, unfortunately, there is no finish line or silver bullet to make it all go away. The regulatory landscape is always changing and your business and the needs of its customers will change over time. We offer a range of ongoing support packages from regular reviews and ad hoc assistance to our range of managed privacy services to help support your privacy function in expert, cost effective ways. We are never more than a phone call away if you need some assistance.

Frequently asked questions

There is no such thing as being ‘GDPR certified’ nor are there any recognised seals which confirm any status like ‘GDPR compliant’. Schemes, seals and certifications may become available in the future but, for now, it can be a bit of a minefield when assessing whether you – or those businesses with whom you share data – offer “sufficient guarantees to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures in such a manner that processing will meet the requirements of this Regulation and ensure the protection of the rights of the data subject.”

Why not go straight to the jugular? The quick answer is ‘it depends’.

It depends on the complexity of your organisation and the personal data it uses. It depends on the maturity of your information governance programme.

What we can say is that we prefer to work on a fixed cost basis where possible – a cost you will have before we start any work.

It costs nothing to find out if we’re right for each other and to get all your questions answered. Why not get in touch?

We start with an in depth review of your organisation’s privacy compliance and culture. We liaise with your senior management and all departments to understand the privacy regimes which impact your business and the steps you have already taken to comply with them.

Most of all, we find out about the privacy related challenges you face and the business benefits which may come from addressing them. We help set the objectives for your audit so we can provide an in depth road map to achieving them.

The exercise is conducted using a combination of on site or virtual workshops and automated tools which help streamline the process and allow you to easily attach and share necessary evidence with the Fidabona team for review.

Our privacy professionals will review and analyse all the supporting documentation you have provided and prepare an in-depth findings report which you can use to help demonstrate the measures your organisation has taken to comply with privacy legislation to your customers, business partners and company leadership.

Of course. In the same way our validation exercise can help provide comfort to your business partners, our supplier audit service can review the extent to which your suppliers or other organisations you share personal data with have taken steps to meet their privacy obligations.

Audits can be either as part of a response to issues or concerns you have identified or as a part of your wider supply chain management.

Our Privacy Validation exercise can look at your business as a whole or focus on specific areas.

It is based upon industry best practice, ICO and European Data Protection Board guidelines and reviews key compliance areas including internal policies, DPIA processes, personal data breach response, Data Subject rights processes and DPO functions.

Above all, we aim to add value to your business; offering solutions which provide a pragmatic way to develop new and better data-led services built in privacy friendly ways helping you engage more customers.

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