The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) identifies that a Data Protection Officer (DPO) is an important asset for any organisation, and in some cases, mandatory. A DPO is a key player in facilitating regulatory compliance and with their appointment required by law for all public authorities and many private organisations. Even where the GDPR does not specifically require the appointment of a DPO, it is highly encouraged as a matter of good practice and is an important asset in the demonstration of compliance.
The Regulation allows organisations to outsource the DPO role to an external provider. You can of course, appoint someone internally, or hire someone on a salary. DPO’s are required to have a deep understanding of the GDPR and should have experience in data privacy practice. Also, there can’t be a conflict of interest, for example, if you are in any way responsible for decisions about the data collected, you cannot claim independence from the processing operation and therefore will have a conflict of interest. With a shortage of individuals trained to handle DPO responsibilities, outsourcing these tasks and duties can help your business to address the compliance demands of the GDPR while you stay focused on your core business activities.
36of companies say they’re not ready for the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
45of senior executives say their company experiences cyber-attacks hourly or daily
59of companies don’t have or don’t know if they need a Data Privacy Officer
Compliance is not a target, it’s a continuous journey.
At CaPS we firmly believe that complying with data privacy laws should not be a target, it’s a continuous journey that needs to be baked into the daily operation of your business. Working with us gives you access to a wide range of services from our Gap Analysis to Privacy Statement Production services. Working with an external provider negates any conflict of interest and provides expert objective and independent advice and guidance, giving you access to a wide set of skills obtained through working both in the private and public sector. Get in touch with us now to discuss how we can work together.