A data protection policy (DPP) is a security policy dedicated to standardizing the use, monitoring, and management of data. The main goal of this policy is to protect and secure all data consumed, managed, and stored by the organization. It is not required by law, but is commonly used to help organizations comply with data protection standards and regulations.
Data protection policies should cover all data stored by core infrastructure of the organization, including on-premise storage equipment, offsite locations, and cloud services. It should help the organization ensure the security and integrity of all data-both data-at-rest and data-in-transit.
Data protection policies can demonstrate the organization's commitment to ensuring the protection and privacy of consumer data. If the organization is subject to compliance audits, or experiences a data breach, the data protection policy can be presented as evidence demonstrating the organization’s commitment to data protection principles.