Common Acronyms in the Data Privacy Industry

Oz Tollman Goodman
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It’s easy to get lost or confused with the ever-growing list of acronyms in the world of data privacy and compliance. Here’s a list of commonly used privacy acronyms and their meanings:

Privacy Acronyms

Common data privacy acronyms

  • DSR - Data Subject Request
  • DSAR - Data Subject Access Request
  • PII - Personally Identifiable Information
  • PI - Personal Information
  • SPI - Sensitive Personal Information
  • NPI - Nonpublic Personal Information
  • MNPI - Material Nonpublic Information
  • DPIA - Data Protection Impact Assessment
  • ROPA- Record of Processing Activities
  • LDU - Limited Data Use
  • RTBF - Right to Be Forgotten
  • PbD - Privacy by Design 

Data privacy regulations acronyms:

  • GDPR - General Data Protection Regulation (European Union)
  • CCPA - California Consumer Privacy Act (state of California US)
  • CPRA - California Privacy Rights Act (state of California US)
  • PIPA - Personal Information Protection Act (Japan)
  • PIPL - Personal Information Protection Law (China)
  • POPIA - Protection of Personal Information Act (South Africa)
  • COPPA - Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (United States)
  • BIPA - Biometric Information Privacy Act (state of Illinois US) 
  • CDPA - Consumer Data Protection Act (state of Virginia US)
  • DPA - Data Protection Act (UK)
  • LGPD - General Personal Data Protection Law (Brazil)
  • PIPEDA - Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act (Canada)
Common Acronyms in the Data Privacy Industry

Organizations and roles privacy compliance abbreviations

  • DPA - Data Protection Authority
  • DPC - Data Protection Commission
  • ICO - Information Commissioner’s Office
  • DPO - Data Protection Officer
  • DPIA - Data Protection Impact Assessments
  • SCC - Standard Contractual Clauses
  • SAR - Subject Access Request
  • EDPB - the European Data Protection Board

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