Privacy impact assessment
A privacy impact assessment (PIA) helps you to assess and identify any privacy concerns and address them at an early stage, rather than leaving the solutions to bolt on as an expensive afterthought.
Conducting privacy impact assessments code of practice
The ICO is consulting on a new code of practice for organisations using PIAs. For more information, visit our Consultations page.
The ICO's PIA handbook is a practical and comprehensive guide for organisations who are developing projects that might have implications for people’s privacy.
- Privacy impact assessment (PIA) - handbook (html, contains printer friendly pdf)
- Privacy impact assessment (PIA) - an overview (pdf)
We are happy to provide general advice on the use of PIAs, and are also keen to learn from organisations’ experiences of the PIA process. However, we're unable to provide detailed advice on specific PIA projects. If you have any questions or comments about PIAs, please contact us.
PIAs: an international study
As part of our surveillance society conference in 2007 we presented a study on the use of PIAs around the world. It includes definitions, rationale, and practical application.
The study and handbook were developed for the ICO by an international team of experts coordinated by the
Privacy enhancing technologies (PETs)
To help raise awareness of the concept of privacy enhancing technologies we have published guidance aimed at system designers and those commissioning them.