What is a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?
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.