The role of the data protection officer (DPO) has allowed many organisations in the UK to modernise, digitalise and deliver their services, build trust of service users and transform their compliance culture. Yet, operational needs and available resources may not allow every organisation to appoint a permanent DPO.
Data protection compliance is crucial in:
- service design and internal processes,
- service delivery and customer services,
- customer trust and long-term success, and
- scalable business development and making informed strategic decisions.
The complexities of the practical application of data protection and the looming data protection claims for compensation, make it a challenging area of law and practice.
We provide our clients:
- an alternative to the challenges and cost of hiring a full time DPO;
- a practical advisor for their busy operations and management teams; and
- a flexible and responsive resource for compliance, legal and business advice.
In addition, our data protection compliance expertise helps our clients to deal with personal data breaches and to mitigate the risk of complaints and enforcement action.
Each organisation has its own realities, and we tailor our service to your needs. We can either help build up your data protection compliance programme over a period of time, or we can jump straight in and advise on product launches, processes as well as general data protection compliance.
Our experienced advisors operate on a flexible and cost-effective basis. We will tell you about risks and help tailor a plan based on your organisation’s priorities.
Who needs to appoint a DPO?
The current requirements for mandatory DPO appointments are being reviewed by the Government. Generally, DPO appointments are mandatory for public authorities and for organisations involved in large scale or high risk data processing. However, many organisations have felt the need to appoint one or more data protection roles to tackle the increasingly complex and multifaceted compliance requirements.
This includes civil service, local authorities and NGOs
Organisations whose core activities requite regular and systematic monitoring on a large scale (such as web analytics)
Large Scale Processing
Organisations whose core activities consist of large scale processing of special categories of data (such as information concerning individuals’ health, race or sex life or sexual orientation)
For organisations who do not fall under one of the categories but are looking to appoint a DPO on a voluntary basis