The President of the Office of Personal Data Protection has approved the sector control plan for 2023. Who is on the list?
Controls will include:
entities that process personal data using mobile applications;
entities processing personal data using online (web) applications;
bodies processing personal data in the Schengen Information System and Visa Information System.
What aspects will the inspections concern?
In the case of the first two audited groups of entities, PUODO will take a closer look at the ways in which personal data processed in connection with the use of applications is secured and shared.
How to prepare for the inspection?
It’s best to start preparing for an audit by conducting a compliance audit, which will verify compliance with internal procedures and policies on personal data protection. This is also a good time to update them. Do not forget to review the records kept: RCP, RKCP, authorization register, etc. It is also a good idea to conduct refresher training for staff, especially if they have not been conducted regularly, and to introduce a schedule in this regard. An important point is to review, and preferably also test, the technical and organizational security measures in place, as well as risk analysis. Due to the principle of accountability, the activities performed should be documented, such as by preparing reports.
Audits, training, updating of existing documentation should take place regularly. It is worth taking care of this before a possible inspection, so as not to expose yourself to, among other things, the imposition of an administrative penalty. Decisions on imposed penalties are published by PUODO and anyone can familiarize themselves with their content. The motivation for taking action should be not only to avoid them, but also to maintain a good reputation. Data controllers should not entrust data to entities that do not guarantee the implementation of adequate safeguards.
Do inspections take place only on the basis of an approved plan?
The PUODO conducts control of compliance with data protection regulations not only in accordance with the approved control plan, but also on the basis of information it obtains, such as violations. The initiation of inspection proceedings may occur as a result of the recognition of a data subject’s complaint. In order to determine whether there has been a violation of the provisions of the RODO, the PUODO may order an inspection at the controller or processor.
What remedial powers does PUODO have?
The PUODO can issue warnings regarding the possibility of violating the provisions of the RODO through the planned processing operations, issue warnings, order compliance with the data subject’s request, order compliance of the processing operations with the provisions of the RODO, impose a restriction or even a ban on processing, and finally – apply an administrative fine.