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Demystifying the DPO

A data protection officer or DPO is an independent expert who advises an organisation on its data protection and information rights’ responsibilities, as well as assisting with monitoring the organisation’s compliance with these obligations.

However, because companies are constantly growing and evolving, it can be difficult to know when it’s time to hire a DPO. We’ve pulled together some frequently asked questions below around the DPO service to help you understand your responsibilities and hopefully ease any DPO confusion.

When do you need to appoint a DPO?

Who can be a DPO?

What does ‘monitoring’ data subjects mean?

How do we know if we’re processing personal data on a ‘large scale’?

Does it matter if we’re the data controller or the data processor?

Are there benefits to having a DPO even if we don’t have to officially appoint one?

It’s very common for businesses to interpret the requirements of a DPO based on the meanings of ‘core activities’, ‘regular and systematic’ and ‘large scale’. Whilst it can be frustrating that more direct interpretation isn’t available, a principles-based approach is required to enable the law to be applied to businesses of all types and sizes. As such, businesses must consider their specific circumstances. Evalian, a leading data protection and security services consultancy, can help to demystify your data protection compliance obligations and align you to the UK GDPR’s requirements. They also offer affordable outsourced DPO services.

If you want to discuss any of your data protection requirements, including whether you need a DPO, please get in touch.

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