Who is a Data Protection Officer [Role and responsibilities?]

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General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a privacy protection law set out by the European Union that has influential allegations. And at the origin of it all are the considerable structural changes that the organizations have to make to be compliant with the GDPR. If organizations do not comply with the regulations it comes with some financial and criminal penalties, and no one wants to be on the wrong side of GDPR. Hire a Data Protection Officer (DPO) happens to be one such requirement. However, it is not a completely fresh concept. Many organizations already have such a role in place either as an obligatory requirement in their country or to set the industry benchmark.

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The role and responsibilities of DPO under GPRD

It is a company’s liability to make sure that the DPO can do her or his job proficiently. The DPO is frequently an IT professional or legal expert, not both. A DPO identifies and moderate the data security risks; ensuring organizations are compliant with GDPR regulation. They also act as the main point of contact with the authoritarian data protection authority. DPO identifies and evaluates the company’s data processing activities, also promotes privacy knowledge at the most senior level, as well as guarantee all staff and employees are skilled and know their data protection responsibilities and obligations.

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Qualifications of Data Protection Officer

The data protection officer shall be hired on the basis of professional quality expert knowledge, professional individuality and aptitude to perform the job. DPO should be familiar with the business and day to day operations that an organization performs with a prominence on data processing activities.

Relevant skills and expertise include:

  • Proficiency in national and European data security laws and practices including a comprehensive understanding of the GDPR regulations;
  • Understanding of the processing of data and perform well;
  • Understanding of information technologies and data security law;
  • Knowledge of the business sector and the organization;
  • Ability to encourage a data protection culture within the organization.

As an organization, you can hire a DPO in the middle of your existing employees or you can outsource the responsibility with an external DPO.

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