A Data Protection Officer is a role that’s required for many businesses under GDPR, and recommended for any data-reliant business.
A Data Protection Officer is a role that’s required for many businesses under GDPR, and recommended for any data-reliant business. Some of the key roles of a DPO include the following:
As stated in GDPR, businesses that process and use personal data must employ a DPO to manage overall compliance with the sweeping regulation. A DPO functions similarly to a compliance officer for an organization except they are governed by the EU. For businesses that are outside of the EU, a DPO might not be legally required, but they are still essential for overseeing a best-in-class data operation. The California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA) does not require that an organization appoint a DPO. However, a DPO may be seen as suitable or even essential for overseeing CCPA-related compliance tasks.
DPOs can be individuals working within an organization, or belong to a third party group. Either way, DPOs must hold expert knowledge of GDPR and data protection to perform their duties. In the case of a data breach, DPOs are on the front lines, reporting the breaches to the authorities. Even before a breach instance, DPOs play a key role in the management of how an organization deploys their resources to adhere to the law.
DPO is one of the most respected positions in the data privacy profession. As required by the GDPR, DPOs must report directly to C-suite level staff of an organization as their role is of the utmost importance. They serve as the main point of contact for an organization’s privacy law compliance.
In non-GDPR jurisdictions, the appointment of a DPO can centralize privacy responsibility and decision-making in a way that greatly enhances compliance capabilities within a business.
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