Under the GDPR, you must appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) if you carry out certain types of data processing activities or you are a public authority. The DPO informs, trains and advises your organisation and employees on data protection obligations, provides advice on data protection impact assessments, monitors compliance with data protection law, acts as a point of contact for data subjects and supervisory authorities, and must be able to report directly to the highest management level in your organisation.
If you choose to appoint Bird & Bird Privacy Solutions as your external DPO, we’ll provide an experienced data protection specialist who will act as your point of contact. Our DPO services offer full access to the know-how and expertise of our top-ranked data protection practice.
After learning more about your data processing activities, we will actively monitor and support your compliance with the GDPR and other data protection regulatory requirements. We will be accessible to individuals, as well as supervisory authorities. We will:
The DPO is required to carry out tasks which draw on a wide skillset, including legal expertise, an understanding of information technology, cybersecurity, business and project management. In addition, your DPO should have proven experience in data protection related issues. Outsourcing your DPO function enables your organisation to rely on a team which utilises this skillset.
The DPO must also be able to act independently, which means that they cannot hold a position within the organisation that would lead him or her to determine the purposes and the means of the processing of personal data. This can be difficult to implement internally since most of your suitable internal resources might also be involved in the decision making about personal data processing.
Outsourcing the DPO function can help you successfully fulfil these requirements.
Our online DPO Dashboard is a comprehensive ‘one-stop shop’ for instructing, reporting and more. This collaborative platform provides complete oversight of ongoing advice, DPIAs and DPO contact requests. It also offers complete transparency on DPO service management, as well as year-on-year reporting and statistics.
Our Data Protection Officer services are provided from our offices throughout the EU by Bird & Bird DPO Services SRL, a Bird & Bird Privacy Solutions service line.
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