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Data Privacy Considerations in Investigations

The data privacy landscape is vast and familiarity of data mishandling is key to helping you comply with privacy obligations and protecting data during the audit or investigation process.

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NASBA Field of Study




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Sharon Bauer, Ross Saunders


3 months

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Protect data this audit season

With so much sensitive data being collected by companies, mishandling data occurs by using it inappropriately, disclosing it to unauthorized parties, or lacking safeguards.

Those risks can be transferred to you when you gain access to and retain personal data during an audit or investigation.

As the privacy landscape is quickly evolving and prescriptive privacy legislations are developing, it is imperative for practitioners to be familiar with privacy obligations and reduce risks of privacy non-compliance.

Key Topics

  • Privacy governance
  • Data storage and retention
  • Personal data handling practices
  • Consent and lawful basis

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize privacy legislations and extraterritorial privacy obligations.
  • Identify privacy exemptions that apply to audits/investigations.
  • Apply general privacy principles to an audit practice.
  • Identify the difference between personal data, personally identifiable data, and sensitive data and recognize when they should be treated differently.
  • Apply privacy governance throughout an investigation lifecycle, including pre-investigation, during the investigation, and post-investigation.

Who Will Benefit

  • Practitioners who have access to personal data either through investigations or in operating a business.
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Sharon Bauer
Sharon Bauer is the founder of Bamboo Data Consulting, a privacy consulting firm. Sharon provides strategic, risk management and privacy compliance advisory and legal services to businesses in all sectors. Sharon enables businesses to meet their strategic business goals by collecting and using data in a compliant manner and with the intention of gaining trust of consumers, partners and investors. She acts as a virtual Chief Privacy Officer, develops privacy programs, conducts assessments and provides privacy and security training to staff. Sharon has worked with businesses of all sizes, from startups to multinational corporations in industries such as technology, financial services, telecommunication, healthcare, education, marketing and retail. Sharon frequently speaks and publishes on emerging privacy trends and technologies. She was a litigator for 10 years and previously worked as a senior manager at KPMG.
Ross Saunders
Ross Saunders is a global privacy, defensive security, and infrastructure specialist working with numerous industries to implement privacy programs and technical infrastructure controls. With a background in IT administration, software development, and Governance, Risk & Compliance (GRC), he is able to assist in a wide range of disciplines surrounding compliance, security, and privacy, regularly assisting companies with advisory, awareness campaigns, and practical implementation of recommendations. Ross holds a master’s degree in the Management of Technology and Innovation, and holds designations and certifications in privacy legislation (CIPP/E), ethical hacking (CEH v10), and paralegal practice. Ross currently serves as the co-chair of the Johannesburg chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is a Professional member of the Canadian Association of Professional Speakers (CAPS).

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