Once the GDPR comes into effect, on 25th May 2018, there will be a need for organizations and businesses that deal with large amounts of confidential private data or mass people checking, to hire a data protection officer (DPO). This position can be external or internal.
There is no need for the DPO to be qualified, however, they must have a substantial amount of data safety experience so that they can perform their role efficiently.
What’s the role of a data protection officer?
There are many duties that are linked to a DPO.
- To keep the organization or business informed concerning its conformity with the GDPR, and guide about any problems.
- To check the level of conformity with all global data safety rules, including GDPR.
- To guide on all features of GDPR, and offer training where appropriate.
- To interact with the controlling authority about all aspects of compliance and data protection.
What should the company do?
Having looked at the job of the data protection officer, let’s explore what the company has to do.
- Make sure that data protection officers report directly to the board of the organization or business.
- Make sure that the DPO is free and has the capability to make decisions, without worry of retaliations at all times.
- Make sure that the DPO has sufficient resources to perform his role effectively.
The duties of both DPOs and employers are vital in making sure that businesses abide by GDPR when it is introduced.