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Do we need a GDPR Data Protection Officer?

Under the GDPR, the ICO state that you must appoint a DPO if:

  1. You are a public authority or body
  2. Your core activities require large scale, regular and systematic monitoring of individuals
  3. Your core activities consist of large scale processing of special categories of data, or data relating to criminal convictions and offences.

Regardless of whether you fit into any of the above criteria or not, you must still ensure your business has sufficient resources to carry out your obligations under the GDPR.

What does a DPO do?

Organisations must assess whether or not they need a Data Protection Officer, and who they should give that responsibility to should they require one. The DPO reports directly to the highest management level in the organisation, and under the GDPR is responsible for the following tasks:

  1. Informing and advising both employees and the organisation of their obligations regarding data protection.
  2. Monitoring the organisation’s compliance with the GDPR, ensuring internal data protection policies are followed.
  3. Advising whether a data protection impact assessment is required, and how to conduct one.
  4. Being the main point of contact for the ICO on all data protection issues, including breaches.
  5. Serving as the internal contact point for the organisation, with anything to do with data privacy.

Does the DPO need qualifications?

The GDPR does not specify that the DPO must have certain qualifications. There are some minimum requirements that they should have though:

  • Expertise – the DPO should have an understanding of how to implement and manage data protection.
  • Professional qualifications – the DPO does not need to be qualified, but they must be experts in both national and European data protection laws. They must also have a strong understanding of the GDPR.

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