General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a privacy protection law that has far-reaching implications. And at the root of it all are the significant structural changes that an organisation has to undertake in order to be compliant with the GDPR.
The compliance cost is huge, and no one wants to be on the wrong side of GDPR.
Appointing a Data Protection Officer (DPO) happens to be one such requirement. However, it is not an entirely fresh concept. Many organisations already have such a role in place either as a mandatory requirement in their country or to set the industry benchmark. But, for the first time, outsourcing a DPO has become a compulsory requirement for such a large pool of organisations.
Under GDPR, is it compulsory for every organisation to hire a data protection officer? What is their role and responsibility? Who do they report to?
Many such questions are still lingering in the minds of the executives who have been entrusted with the task of making their respective organisations GDPR compliant. Everything one needs to know about a DPO is present here.
Who is a Data Protection Officer (DPO)?
A DPO is responsible to helping an organisation to ensure compliance with GDPR. The primary responsibility of the DPO is to make sure that a proper GDPR strategy including policies, processes and procedures are in place across an organisation. Another way to look at their responsibility is to supervise the smooth implementation of GDPR compliance measures within an organisation. It is an executive-level position within an organisation under the legal, compliance, data management or security function.