Here at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit, the IAPP and AvePoint announced the release of a new free privacy impact assessment tool that will allow privacy professionals to better organize PIAs, involve other departments in the organization and complete PIAs more rapidly. Available from the front page of the IAPP’s Resource Center and called the AvePoint Privacy Impact Assessment system, or APIA, it is a piece of software organizations can install on their own servers, which is then accessible through a standard web browser. It allows privacy professionals to assign roles, track progress, offer up different questions for types of products and services and has many other advantages over the standard Word- or Excel-based systems currently in place. “Privacy impact assessments (PIAs) are an important tool being used frequently by organizations to ensure that they are in compliance with global privacy laws and regulations,” said J. Trevor Hughes, CIPP, President & CEO of the IAPP. “We’re excited to collaborate with AvePoint to provide the global privacy community with a technology solution that mitigates the risk inherent with manual PIAs and positions privacy professionals to work more efficiently.” “The AvePoint Privacy Impact Assessment solution is another vital piece in AvePoint’s evolution to offer enterprises the opportunity to build a complete and collaborative governance, risk, and compliance program across their organizations,” said Robert Yonaitis, AvePoint Chief Research Scientist. “Working with the IAPP, the world’s leading privacy organization, to create this innovative solution is a natural fit to ensure we are empowering the global privacy community with the research, education, and solutions necessary for success.”
With built-in workflows, automatically generated reports in accordance with specific privacy risk analysis and options for customization to compy with the needs of the quality assurance and records management departments, for example, APIA should reduce the time spent on PIAs and make product managers all around the building mcuh more willing to work productively with the privacy department. AvePoint has committed to supporting the tool and has also created a forum for discussion of the product’s use and implementation. The IAPP will also be collecting question sets from members and offering them up for import into the tool, so that it becomes increasingly useful the more it’s used. Attendees can learn more about APIA by visiting AvePoint’s booth at the IAPP Global Privacy Summit (#6) for live demonstrations and one-on-one discussions with subject matter experts. Dana Simberkoff, AvePoint Senior Vice President of Risk Management & Compliance, will also present a session at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, March 6, entitled, “Privacy by Design: Automating Your Privacy Impact Assessments.” In this session, she will highlight best practices for introducing privacy impact assessments into organizations’ technology procurement and development processes.
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