Data protection officers: have you appointed yours?

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Endeavour Partnership’s Jessica Maine explains how, since GDPR was implemented, there has been a big change in how organisations process data and monitor their compliance with the regulations…

This change includes a notable increase in the number of DPOs being appointed.

Although the concept of appointing a DPO isn’t new, the ICO now strongly recommend all organisations have one.

Is it mandatory to appoint a DPO?

It is mandatory if you are a public authority/body, and/or if your core activities involve large scale monitoring and processing of certain categories of data.

However, appointing a DPO helps all types of organisations comply with the GDPR. It is important to remember, as an organisation, you will process data every day, be it about your staff, customers, or suppliers.

This is why it is important to appoint a DPO, not only to ensure your processing is “GDPR compliant”, but also to have a named individual to manage data queries and potential data breaches within the tight reporting timescale.

What are your obligations once a DPO is appointed?

A DPO plays a vital role in instilling good practice into any organisational culture.

They are responsible for ensuring GDPR principles are implemented and suitable data records are retained. To do this efficiently, the organisation must provide training to DPOs, so that they have a working knowledge of the GDPR, and can stay up to date with any developments.

Where can you find suitable training?

Get in touch with me – I can provide specialist training, working with you and your DPO to develop their knowledge of the GDPR, providing practical tips on how to effectively manage and ensure your organisation’s ongoing data compliance.

Jessica Maine
Endeavour Partnership


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