How do you conduct a DTIA?

By Frank van Vonderen

In the era of globalization and digital expansion, data is continuously sent around the world. As a result, a Data Transfer Impact Assessment (DTIA) has become essential. This assessment helps organizations evaluate the risks and compliance requirements associated with transferring personal data across borders. In this blog, we will take you step by step through the process of creating an effective DTIA.

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The importance of a DTIA

In a world where privacy and security are increasingly scrutinized, a DTIA offers the opportunity to demonstrate that your organization handles personal data responsibly. It's not just a means to comply with legal requirements; it's also a crucial part of a responsible data management plan.


In our experience, it is wise to follow these steps when conducting a DTIA.

Step 1: Determine the scope of the transfer

The first thing you need to do is to establish the scope of the data transfer. What data is being transferred? Where is it being sent? Who will have access to the data? These questions help to determine the scope of your DTIA.

Step 2: Identify the risks

Evaluate the potential risks of the data transfer. This includes assessing the privacy laws of the receiving country and the possibility that data could be exposed to unauthorized access or breaches.

Step 3: Assess the safeguards

After identifying the risks, assess the safeguards that protect the data. This can range from technical measures such as encryption to legal agreements like standard contractual clauses.

Step 4: Document the DTIA

A DTIA must be carefully documented. This document should include the nature of the data, the transfer, the risk assessment, and the safeguards taken. This ensures transparency and serves as proof of compliance.

Step 5: Implement additional measures

If the DTIA indicates that the risks are not sufficiently minimized, your organization should implement additional measures. This can range from strengthening technical security to reconsidering the data transfer itself.

Step 6: Keep up with changes

The world of data protection and privacy is constantly evolving. Therefore, it's important that DTIAs are regularly reviewed and updated to account for new legislation, changing circumstances, and gained experiences.

Step 7: Train and inform your team

Ensure everyone in your organization understands what a DTIA is and why it's important. Training and awareness are essential for the effective execution of the DTIA and for overall understanding of data protection within your organization.

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