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What is a DPA?

Last Updated: November 27, 2019

A DPA is a Data Protection Authority, or Privacy Office, around the world. It usually is the agency in a country, or even at the state/province level, that is responsible for the data protection compliance in that area. Many countries that have a a privacy law in place will have a DPA. The DPAs have the power to investigate companies and assess fines. Moreover,  DPAs are advocates of privacy and are most interested in helping organizations comply with privacy laws. You can find a list of DPAs here.

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