What is a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?

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Under the new GDPR regulations, it will be mandatory for many organisations to employ a Data Protection Officer, which is a specialised leadership role, dedicated to data security and privacy.

A DPO will be mandatory for:

  • Public authorities
  • Organisations who monitor individuals on a large scale, and
  • Organisations who process special types of data or data linking to criminal convictions

The responsibilities of a DPO can include:

  • Designing and implementing data protection strategies
  • Ensuring the organisation is aware of what is required by law from the data regulations
  • On-going monitoring to make sure organisations remain compliant, and
  • Be the main contact for the Data Protection Authority (DPA) for any individuals they are processing personal data on

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