If your organisation is within the scope of the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), you might be required to appoint a DPO (data protection officer). This will be the case if you:
- Are a public authority or body;
- Regularly and systematically monitor data subjects; or
- Process special categories of data on a large scale.
However, DPOs aren’t exclusively for such organisations. The WP29 (Article 29 Working Party) released guidance in 2017 recommending that all organisations appoint a DPO as a matter of best practice. This is because the tasks that a DPO takes responsibility for will become increasingly important as the GDPR’s influence grows.
Responsibilities of the DPO
DPOs have a wide range of responsibilities that includes educating the company and employees on important compliance requirements, training staff who are involved in data processing, and conducting audits.
They are also tasked with acting as a point of contact between an organisation and its supervisory authority when any data protection or regulatory issues arise.
A full list of the DPO’s responsibilities are outlined in Article 39 of the Regulation.
DPO as a service
Many organisations have struggled to find suitable DPOs, because the demand for qualified personnel far outweighs the supply. Those who have tried to look in-house for a DPO have also been stumped, because even qualified cyber security professionals often lack the necessary expertise or have a conflict of interest with their existing role.
Any organisation facing such problems should consider our DPO as a service. One of our data protection experts will act as a remote DPO, completing the necessary tasks for your organisation and providing you with guidance whenever you need it.
With this practical and cost-effective solution, you don’t have to worry about finding an expert, ensuring that there is no conflict of interest or that they are fulfilling their requirements under the GDPR. Instead, you can do what you do best, which is focus on your core business activities.