If you live in Europe, chances are that you have probably heard or seen the acronyms GDPR DPO. Curious what they mean? About time!
Sooner or later in your life, you will be dealing with GDPR DPO, so you might as well know beforehand, right? That's a big thumbs up. After all, everywhere you go, you see the pervasiveness of data.
And that, ladies and gentlemen, is what GDPR DPO is all about. Just imagine GDPR as one huge safety net and you are all set. It stands for General Data Protection Regulation.
Indeed, it's a mouthful. Combined with the short form for Data Protection Officer, GDPR DPO is the European Union's answer to the threats of hacking, privacy, and identity theft. Top lawmakers across the continent put their heads together to accomplish such a monumental task.
Thus, the GDPR DPO is like the police officer of data. His or her duty is to scan the horizon to make sure that everyone's information is safe from prying eyes as well as exploitation. This is why every public organization is required to have a full-time DPO in its midst. Unless of course the organization concerned is a court of law.
From the Godzilla point of view, size does matter. But in the eyes of GDPR DPO, the only important criterion for the policing of data is the existence of data processing especially its high-level proliferation. So the bottom line is, any entity or business that mines personal information in the form of a database is subject to policing in every way.
And how does GDPR DPO do that? By appointing the officer with all the rights and privileges. Of course, the necessary qualifications, as well as responsibilities, are required from the officer without question. In addition, the DPO must have unquestionable integrity, be always accessible to personnel, and must pursue the data security imperatives in a full-time manner. Sorry, moonlighters and part-timers need not apply.