The GDPR recognises having a Data Protection Officer (DPO) as a key player in facilitating regulatory compliance. In some instances, it is mandatory to have a DPO:
- For all public authorities and many private organisations.
- Commercial organisations processing large quantities of EU Data Subjects’ personal information (particularly special categories)
- When the core activities involve monitoring EU Data Subjects on a large scale Even where the GDPR does not specifically require.
- The appointment of a DPO, it is highly encouraged as a matter of good practice and to demonstrate compliance.
Many organisations, particularly smaller ones, may find that the DPO responsibilities are a challenge to deliver due to the breadth of knowledge required on data processing and data security operations, and requisite familiarity with the legal aspects of the GDPR.
Wenso’s DPO-as-a-Service provides practical and cost-effective solutions for organisations of all sizes.