What is a DPO?
What is a DPO? This term is an abbreviation of the word, Data Protection Officer. This person or company carries out tasks, such as data security checks, in a company. This includes compliance with the GDPR.
Public authorities and bodies must have a DPO, Data Protection Officer, who carries out these tasks. This DPO must also advise the data controller of the specific body. It is a legal obligation for these authorities and bodies to have a data protection officer appointed, which may also be the case for several companies.
You can read much more about GDPR,, the Personal Data Act, the Data Protection Act and the difference between them in our articles on this page. Where and for how long can a company keep personal data? Who is covered by the GDPR? These are questions that a DPO, Data Protection Officer can help answer.
A Data Protection Officer will often act as a liaison between the Data Protection Authority and the data controller in the company. In addition, a company's DPO must be independent and external, and must not receive instructions on the selection of tasks.