Project Description

By Nicola Whiting - Senior Data Protection Compliance Specialist

What is a data protection officer?

What is a data protection officer?

A data protection officer (or DPO for short) is a General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) compliance specialist and must be designated on the basis of their
professional qualities, in particular, expert knowledge of data protection law and practices, and have the ability to fulfil all 6 of their tasks, which include:

  • informing and advising senior management and staff of their obligations under the GDPR
  • monitoring compliance with the GDPR and with the policies and procedures of the business
  • awareness-raising and training of staff

A DPO is a cornerstone of accountability and we like to think of the DPO as your ‘compliance orchestrator’.

When do I need to appoint a data protection officer?

The GDPR requires you to have a DPO if:

  • you are a public authority or body
  • your core activities involve regular and systematic monitoring of individuals, e.g.
    • profiling and scoring for purposes of risk assessment (credit scoring, establishment of insurance premiums, fraud prevention, AML/CFT);
    • operating a telecommunications network; providing telecommunications services;
    • data-driven marketing activities;
    • location tracking, for example, by mobile apps;
    • behavioural advertising, or
  • your core activities require the processing of special categories of data (e.g. health data) and personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences (on a large scale, proportionate to your client base).

Get in touch to discuss how we can help you with data protection compliance, or pop in for a chat at our offices at 16 Peel Road, Douglas on Monday 29 January between 10:30 - 12:00.

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