Privacy Governance

Demonstrable control of privacy and data protection

What is Privacy Governance

In our increasingly digital world, Privacy Governance is crucial for every business who deals with personal data. But what is the precise definition? Privacy Governance covers all practices and processes that provide high-quality data within an organization. From roles and policies to metrics: Privacy Governance is all about guaranteeing reliable, secure, and accessible data. And of course: it makes sure you comply with the GDPR and all relevant regulations and standards.


Note that Privacy Governance is not the same as Privacy Management. While Privacy Governance defines policies and procedures, Privacy Management is the actual enforcement of such policies and procedures. Therefore, it is important that Privacy Governance and Privacy Management are closely connected.

Why Privacy Governance is important

Nowadays, Privacy Governance is essential for companies to monitor their compliance with the GDPR. A robust Privacy Governance framework helps businesses maximize their value, manage risks, and reduce costs. Where there is a clear view of all activities within the organization to safeguard the privacy and to comply with legal obligations. In our data-driven environment and society, privacy governance defines the success and sustainability of modern organizations.

It is very important that a DPO is independent, qualified, and committed.

Johan Martens – Partner at DPO Consultancy | Privacy & Data Protection Consultant

DPO-as-a-Service at Jaguar Land Rover


Portrait of Johan Martens, Senior Lecturer at the DPOC Academy. Johan leads data privacy training programs and ensures the quality of all the e-learning materials. He exemplifies DPO Consultancy's commitment to excellence in data protection education

The benefits of Privacy Governance

So, in a nutshell: why privacy governance? Which are privacy government benefits for a company?


A robust privacy governance program makes a company more competitive and trustworthy, while it ensures the availability, usability, integrity, and security of your organization’s data assets.


In addition, a solid Privacy Governance program is very important for a company and its components are:


  • Data governance framework
  • Data governance roles and responsibilities
  • Data governance policies and procedures
  • Data quality management
  • Data catalog and metadata management
  • Data security and privacy
  • Data integration and interoperability
  • Data stewardship and change management
  • Data governance training and education
  • Performance measurement and continuous improvement

Privacy Governance challenges

Privacy Governance is not always the easiest job to be done. Being compliant in terms of privacy and data protection is not a one-off project, but a continuous process that must be well organized. These are common challenges companies face:


  • How do you ensure high-quality data to rely on?
  • How do you define a governance strategy that suits and serves your business goals?
  • How do you let go of data silos and work towards one version of the truth?
  • How do you deal with resistance and adoption issues among employees?
  • How do you prevent complex data breaches and cyber threats?

Our Privacy Governance services

For companies that want to stand out, Privacy Governance is not optional. It is a crucial and vital part of running your business. We are here to help you set up a Privacy Governance program, with our Privacy Governance services and tools.



With our DPO-as-a-service subscriptionyou will have a skilled, objective, and independent Privacy Governance expert at fixed monthly costs that match the size and complexity of your organization. We know what it is all about and know all the authorities involved. A simple and scalable way to quickly fulfill the role of Data Protection Officer (DPO).


Privacy Governance and DPO Trainings

Would you like to train your own Data Protection Officer? Check out our GDPR Trainings and Data Protection Courses.


Privacy Governance Tools: our GDPR Toolbox

Do you only need suitable privacy governance tools? Feel free to download one of our GDPR Tools (checklists, step-by-step plans, or templates).


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