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. 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.
SME’s and ‘Micro Businesses’, will find that even though the scale of their data processing does not warrant the full time engagement of a DPO, accessing DPO support with the breadth of knowledge required on data processing and data security operations, is a positive contribution to interpreting the regulations.
Benefits of a Virtual Data Protection Officer:
- Practical and cost-effective solution to achieve GDPR compliance
- Access to independent DPO expertise, when you need it, not available internally
- No conflict of interest between the DPO and other business activities
- Application of best practice in achieving and maintaining compliance with the GDPR