If you carry out certain types of data processing or your organisation is a public authority, you must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) under the GDPR/DPA (2018).
Even if your organisation is not legally required to have a DPO because it doesn’t meet the threshold criteria, you must ensure that your organisation has appropriately designated staff to coordinate and manage activities; and sufficient resources to discharge your obligations under the UK GDPR. The voluntary appointment of a DPO will also demonstrate your organisation’s level of compliance, which will give your customers and employees peace of mind.
What does a DPO do?
A DPO is responsible for overseeing all your data processing activities; specifically monitoring internal compliance, training staff, informing and advising on your obligations under the UK GDPR and other data protection laws, conducting internal audits and advising on Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs). They will also act as the contact point for data subjects and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Importantly, a DPO can help you demonstrate compliance and highlight the level of accountability in the organisation. As such, they must be independent, experienced with data protection, sufficiently resourced, and report to the highest management level within your organisation.
Benefits of outsourcing
Many organisations discover that their data protection responsibilities are a challenge to deliver, given the extent of knowledge required of data security operations and operations, in addition to the obligatory familiarity with the legal aspects of the DPA 2018 and GDPR.
Where an organisation does not have the in-house expertise, the Regulation allows for the function to be outsourced.
- PGI can act as your DPO via our DPO as a Service (DPOaaS) – a pragmatic and cost-effective solution for organisations without the attached overhead costs.
- Utilising PGI’s DPOaaS means that your organisation will have access to expert advice and data protection law guidance from a team of experienced information security and data protection experts. Our consultants provide organisations with assistance and guidance to address the compliance obligations of the GDPR – this enables you to focus on core business activities.
- Most importantly, we provide an independent DPO with no conflict of interest with other business functions.
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Why choose PGI
PGI’s Information Assurance team have in-depth knowledge of data protection legislation and can align this with your business activities.
Our consultants take on the same responsibilities as an internal DPO, including compliance monitoring, advice, workforce training, strategy development, internal audits and acting as the ICO liaison, without the payroll costs associated with an employee.
Engaging PGI’s DPOaaS ensures there are no conflicts of interest when it comes to making decisions about data protection activities.