Column: Building A Privacy Team

March 11, 2024 | 0 Comments

[Written by TLC Group]

While a single data privacy representative might seem like a good starting point, often the reality is, data protection is far too complex to be tackled by one individual. Here’s why building a privacy team is the key to safeguarding user information and ensuring compliance with ever-evolving regulations. But choosing the right individuals for this team and providing them with the necessary onboarding are crucial first steps.
Here’s what to look for when selecting privacy team members:

Diverse Expertise: Seek individuals with a blend of legal, compliance, technology, and operational expertise. This fosters a well-rounded perspective on data protection issues.

Privacy Champions: Identify employees who are passionate about data privacy and understand its importance. Their enthusiasm will be instrumental in driving team initiatives.

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Strong Analytical Skills: The ability to analyse complex data, policies, and regulations is crucial for effective decision-making.

Communication Skills: Team members need to clearly articulate complex privacy issues to various stakeholders, both within the organization and externally.

Problem-solving and Strategic Thinking: The team will navigate challenges and develop strategies to implement and maintain efficient data privacy practices.

Teamwork and Collaboration: Effective teams thrive on open communication and a collaborative spirit.
Now, before you start stressing and thinking, “I don’t have anyone who has all these skills!”, don’t worry. The privacy team members don’t necessarily need to have every area of expertise, but they should have a blend of complementary skills.

Once you’ve chosen your privacy team members, it’s time to equip them with the knowledge and tools they need to succeed. Here’s how to onboard your new privacy committee for a strong foundation:

Comprehensive Training: Provide in-depth training on relevant data protection regulations.

Role-Specific Training: Offer specialized training tailored to individual member roles and responsibilities within the team.

Industry Best Practices: Equip team members with knowledge of industry best practices for data collection, storage, and usage.

Team Operations: Establish clear guidelines on team structure, meeting schedules, reporting protocols, and communication channels.

Data Breach Simulation: Conduct a simulated data breach scenario to test the team’s response plan and identify areas for improvement.

A strong privacy team is not just a box to tick – it’s a critical line of defence. By carefully selecting the right individuals and providing them with a comprehensive onboarding experience, you can create a team that effectively safeguards your organization’s data privacy and builds a foundation of trust with your users.

*TLC offers a range of data protection courses for general staff and certified courses for your privacy team members. Visit for more details.

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