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Term: Accountability

Organizations that collect and process personal data must ensure they follow their obligations under privacy laws and protect people’s data rights.

What is Accountability?

Accountability in the context of data protection refers to the obligation of organizations to demonstrate that they comply with privacy laws and regulations when collecting and processing personal data. It’s not just about following these laws but being able to evidence this compliance through practices, policies, and actions. Organizations must put in place appropriate technical and organizational measures, and be prepared to demonstrate their effectiveness upon request.

What does Accountability mean for Businesses?

For businesses, embracing accountability in data protection brings about various implications:

  • Demonstrable Compliance: Organizations must be able to show, often through documented evidence, that they are compliant with data protection regulations.
  • Proactive Approach: Accountability requires a proactive approach. Businesses must anticipate and prevent through risk assessments and mitigation strategies.
  • Enhance Trust: Accountability can boost consumer and stakeholder trust. It shows that a business values and respects personal data.
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