The 2023 Data Protection Checklist is open for public consultation.
We are excited to announce that the 2023 Data Protection Checklist is now available for public consultation. This document is a useful tool for ensuring that your organization remains compliant with data protection regulations and best practices. By downloading the checklist, you can review your current data protection policies and procedures, and make any necessary changes to ensure that you are protecting sensitive information. We encourage you to download the checklist before submitting any comments or suggestions you may have, to help us continue to improve this valuable resource.
Making sense of a fragmented landscape
Professionals and organisations collecting personal data worldwide face a fragmented patchwork of regulations that they must comply with. Developing a compliance programme that meets the world's various requirements can be complicated, particularly for small and medium-sized organisations that may not always have access to top legal and compliance advice.
That's where the Data Protection Checklist comes in. It is a practical tool designed to support you in ensuring that your compliance programme is built around the key compliance issues that lawmakers and regulators care about. It can help you identify gaps in your compliance programme based on requirements that apply across markets.
Built on a solid global foundation
Our checklist is built on common principles that underpin all data protection legislation around the world. They have been set by government bodies united in the international Organisation for Economic Development and Cooperation (OECD) and require:
Minimum impact for the individuals whose data is being collected
Appropriate notice and consent for the individuals
The responsibility to guarantee data integrity and security
The responsibility to safely manage any transfers of data
Special care when dealing with collecting data from children, business-to-business, photographs, audio and video recordings, cloud storage and anonymisation.
Written by compliance and insights experts
The Data Protection Checklist was drafted by an international project team featuring both data protection and compliance experts and professionals working on international data, research and insights projects to help resolve the most pressing operational issues.
Rupert van HüllenESOMAR Committee Member, Global Chief Privacy Officer, Ipsos at Ipsos
Global Chief Privacy Officer at Ipsos since 2017, having previously been the principal legal advisor on data protection matters. Has presented and spoken at various national and international conferences, including the ICDPPC.
Ravinder RoopraESOMAR Committee Member
Kim SmouterESOMAR Committee Member, Chair of ESOMAR's Legal Affairs Committee at ENAR
Kim L. Smouter-Umans is ESOMAR's Head of Public Affairs and Professional Standards, having joined ESOMAR in 2012. He heads a small team of professional standards and public affairs experts championing the value of market, opinion and social research and data analytics.
He leads ESOMAR's advocacy efforts and supervises our Professional Standards activities. Prior to working for ESOMAR, Kim served a stint as Secretary General of the European Network of National Civil Society Associations.
He has also served in various policy roles working for the North East England Office in Brussels and in the European Parliament working in the fields of social policy, education, and employment.
He holds a Masters degree in European Public Affairs and a Bachelor's degree in European Studies and is a graduate of the University of Maastricht. He is also a certified Data Protection Officer from the University of Maastricht's European Centre for Cybersecurity and Privacy.
Judith PassinghamESOMAR Committee Member, Chair of the Professional Standards Committee at ESOMAR
Judith Passingham has worked in the Market Research industry for over 35 years, in many different roles from General Management, Client Account Leadership, Service Development, to Sales and Operations – on a Global and European basis.
She started her career at the British Market Research Bureau working on the TGI and various media measurements, then working at AGB, subsequently TNS where she ran the UK and then global panel division as CEO of ‘Worldpanel ‘ and as Joint CEO of Europanel – a joint venture between TNS and GFK.
Judith was appointed CEO of TNS Europe and then following the WPP acquisition of TNS oversaw the integration of RI and TNS in Northern and Eastern Europe. In 2014 Judith joined Ipsos to run its Access Panel services where she drove service integration into one global entity, launched device agnostic interviewing and programmatic sampling.
In 2016 she took on responsibility for Ipsos’s Operational capability. She retired in 2019 and volunteers for Pilotlight and for the Maple Lodge Nature Reserve. In January 2020 she was appointed as Chair of the Professional Standards Committee for ESOMAR.
Prof. Dr. Raimund WildnerESOMAR Committee Member, Managing Director and Vice-President at GfK
Prof. Dr. Raimund Wildner has been active at the GfK Group since 1984, helping to build the GfK BEHAVIORSCAN® micro test market starting in 1985, and in 1988 established the GfK Groupʼs Method and Product Development Department, which he ran until 2009. In 1995, he also became the managing director the GfK Verein and assumed the position of vice president ten years later as well.
In April 2011, Raimund Wildner was named honorary professor of business administration and statistics at the Faculty of Law and Economics at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg, and is a regular guest lecturer at various colleges and universities. Furthermore, he has published numerous articles in the field of marketing science, particularly on the application of statistical methods in market research, and is coauthor of the books „Panels in der Marktforschung“ and „Marktforschung – Grundlagen der Datenerhebung und Datenanalyse“.
Philippe GuilbertESOMAR Committee Member, Consultant at Syntec Conseil
Philippe is the former Managing Director of Toluna France and Senior Vice President Quality of the Group. He is now a consultant in research methodology for companies and SYNTEC Conseil, and contributes to the dissemination of rules, standards and best practices in the industry through conferences, academic courses and articles, including his "Did you know?" section on the French website MRNews.
In the 1980s, he developed advanced statistics, survey methodologies and new marketing approaches in research agencies. Then in the 90s, he initiated the survey digitisation by launching an international panel of Internet users, the web audience measurement and the sampling/questionnaire adaptation to the Internet. In 2007, he joined Toluna, a French start-up, to bring his methodological expertise and make it the world's #2 online panel and survey solution.
Philippe is a member of the ESOMAR Professional Standards Committee since 2014.
Reg is the North American Regional Ambassador for ESOMAR, the global voice of the data, research and insights community. He also serves as a consultant to ESOMAR's Professional Standards Committee.
Previous to his work with ESOMAR, he was Executive Director of the Marketing Research Institute International (MRII). Prior to his retirement from full-time work in 2012, Reg was President and Chief Operating Officer of Market Strategies International, a US-based custom research and analytics company. Before joining Market Strategies in 1995, he served as Vice President of Research Services for NORC at the University of Chicago.
Throughout his career, Reg focused on the methodological and operational implications of new data technologies. He writes and presents on these and related topics to diverse national and international audiences and blogs off and on as “The Survey Geek.”
Kathy JoeESOMAR Staff, Research World Editorial Consultant at ESOMAR
Kathy Joe served for many years as Director of International Standards and Public Affairs at ESOMAR before retiring in 2016. She currently still works periodically for ESOMAR as its Editorial Consultant for Research World.
Prior to working for ESOMAR, Kathy worked at The Economist and Euromoney and gained a BSc Hons in Politics and Sociology from the University of Southampton in the UK.
With a passion for research and insights and long experience in working with global teams to formulate editorial content, privacy policies and professional standards, she has worked with research professionals from around the world on far-ranging topics including innovation and best practice in consumer insights, knowledge and strategy.
As ESOMAR Director of International Standards, Kathy led the development and promotion of global research codes and privacy guidelines.
She volunteers for projects with NGOs such as Amnesty International and is a Board Member and Secretary of Dance Connects.