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What’s the role of a Data Protection Officer under the GDPR?

The minimum tasks of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) are defined in Article 39 of the GDPR.

Essentially, they are:

  • to educate the organisation and its employees with regards to their data protection obligations and the rights of individuals
  • to monitor compliance with the GDPR
  • to act as the first point of contact for Supervisory Authorities and individuals whose Personal Data is Processed, including staff, patients, service-users and customers

If your organisation employs a DPO, you must ensure they:

  • report to the highest level of management in your organisation, e.g. board level
  • operate independently and are not dismissed or penalised for doing their job
  • are given sufficient resources to meet the requirements of the GDPR.

The ICO states: ‘The GDPR does not specify the precise credentials a data protection officer is expected to have.’ but that ‘It does require that they should have professional experience and knowledge of data protection law. This should be proportionate to the type of processing your organisation carries out, taking into consideration the level of protection the personal data requires.’

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