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.
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