A DPO, or privacy officer, is a privacy expert who independently advises and reports on compliance with privacy laws – first and foremost, the GDPR (if you are located in the EU).
Appointing a DPO is compulsory under the GDPR if:
Appointing a DPO may be invaluable for your organisation, even if you are not obligated to do so. DPOs help organisations comply with privacy regulations, prevent personal data breaches, and take the required steps in the event of an unavoidable breach. Moreover, a DPO can help significantly reduce your organisation’s risk of fines and civil liabilities due to privacy violations.
Furthermore, a DPO can help improve your organisation’s relationship with both customers and employees, by ensuring that their privacy is appropriately safeguarded.
A DPO can be appointed either internally (an employee) or externally (an independent service provider). However, it is important to be aware that the DPO must be sufficiently independent and free of any real or perceived conflicts of interest. For example, appointing a person from HR or a security officer as DPO is generally not advised. Appointing an external DPO can help ensure that the DPO is sufficiently independent.
If you would like to appoint an external DPO, you may consider hiring a DPO via Legal ICT.
We offer two possibilities:
Our DPOs are members of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and Certified Information Privacy Professionals/Europe (CIPP/E). This helps ensure that your organisation will have up-to-date and specialised privacy knowledge available at all times.
Our DPOs can help your organisation by carrying out the following tasks, among others:
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