Data governance and data protection compliance within the social enterprise, charity and the third-sector

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Dr Rachel Finn | Director, Data Protection & Cyber-risk Services / Head of Irish Operations

Date: 15 October 2020

Social enterprises, charities and other third-sector organisations are doing important work safeguarding vulnerable individuals and providing essential services. However, they face unique challenges when it comes to data protection compliance. In fact, the person-centred approach of these organisations, though essential for providing services, means that data protection may not always be prioritised.

How can we help?

Trilateral begins by assessing  your organisations’ current level of compliance with data governance standards, including data protection documentation available and current practices.

Trilateral often uses interviews and observation sessions with key individuals to capture “informal” policy and practice, even where documentation does not (yet) exist. Once we perform this assessment, Trilateral equips your organisation with a data protection roadmap, prioritising action items and employee training, to foster a culture of data protection throughout your organisation.


Trilateral prioritises in-house workshops and training to raise awareness about data protection and best practices for compliance in order to achieve better risk awareness of management, a lower risk of fines and negative publicity, and better safeguarding of vulnerable data subjects.

Trilateral’s Data Governance and Cyber-Risk Team offers data governance services that can help your organisation develop policies and procedures for ongoing compliance with the latest governance standards. Trilateral can help audit existing practices, perform gap analyses, and offer compliance support. Our support services will help your business to protect individuals’ fundamental rights, building trust among your website users and ultimately, your customers. Please feel free to contact our advisors, who would be more than happy to help.

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