The rise of DSARs

Understanding DSARs:

Individuals have the right to access and receive a copy of their personal data, and other supplementary information. This is commonly referred to as a Data Subject Access Request (DSAR). 

The volume of DSARs continues to rise, as businesses must prioritize proactive measures to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape and safeguard their organizations against financial strain and reputational damage. 

The Rise of DSARs: 

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has reported a 23% increase in complaints related to DSARs from April 2022 to March 2023, with nearly 16,000 complaints recorded. This surge can be attributed to heightened awareness of data protection rights, fueled by social media and high-profile cases such as Nigel Farage and NatWest.  

Challenges in DSAR Response: 

DSARs often present a significant challenge due to their broad scope and the need for meticulous data review and redaction to protect the rights and freedoms of third parties. Social media and digital communication add further complexity, requiring organizations to navigate vast amounts of information within tight timeframes. These challenges not only incur costs but also impact other data subjects within the organization. 

Minimizing Costs and Protecting Organizations: 

Effective data management and retention policies are crucial for minimizing DSAR-related costs and mitigating risks. By conducting data protection audits, organizations can proactively address compliance requirements while reducing operational expenses. Seeking expert guidance and outsourcing DSAR services can further alleviate the administrative burden and ensure robust data protection practices. 

As the volume of DSARs continues to rise, businesses must prioritize proactive measures to navigate the evolving regulatory landscape and safeguard their organizations against financial strain and compliance risks.

You can check the FAQ available on the Irish DPC website here.

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By |2024-04-25T13:42:24+01:00April 25th, 2024|DSAR, GDPR, Privacy|0 Comments