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 can also be valuable for organisations which are not obligated to do so. Because the DPO will help you to comply with privacy regulations, to prevent personal data breaches, or to take the required steps when a breach could not be avoided, your organisation’s risk of fines and civil liabilities due to privacy violations can be significantly reduced.
Furthermore, the DPO can help improve your organisation’s relationship with both customers and employees, as they can see that their privacy is appropriately safeguarded.
The DPO can be appointed either internally (an employee) or externally (an independent service provider). 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 one of Legal ICT’s (virtual) privacy officers.
We offer two possibilities:
Our privacy officers 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 DPO can help your organisation by carrying out e.g. the following tasks:
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