Virtual Data Protection Officer

Now the General Data Protection Regulation is in effect, it is a legal requirement for certain businesses to appoint a Data Protection Officer, while others will do so voluntarily. The DPO is responsible for monitoring and managing on-going compliance and will report at the highest level of the organisation.

As defined in the GDPR Article 39, Data Protection Officer duties include managing internal data protection activities, advising on data protection impact assessments, training staff and conducting internal audits; the Data Protection Officer is the first point of contact for supervisory authorities and will be the linchpin for communications in the case of a breach. They need to keep abreast of changes in legal requirements and standards, as well as keeping up-to-date with case law outcomes and with the latest trends and activities in the industry and in data management.

At the very least, the Data Protection Officer is going to be largely responsible for minimising the risk of data breaches, potential fines and reputational damage for the company, while for many organisations the Data Protection Officer will play a vital role in preserving the integrity of the business, as well as taking a strong advisory role in future strategy decisions.

While you might consider allocating DPO duties to an existing staff member or creating an additional in-house post, you could alternatively choose to work with an external advisor. By working with a Risk Evolves “virtual Data Protection Officer” you simultaneously fulfill your legal requirements and ensure that you obtain the highest possible level of up-to-the-minute expertise.

Our virtual DPOs are certified in the role and have many years experience operating at Board level. By choosing to have one of them on your team, you can stay focused on your business, confident in the knowledge that an expert is on-hand who will not only keep you apprised of your legal responsibilities but also use their industry-wide view to think beyond simple compliance, empowering you to seize opportunities as they arise.

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