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How to become a data protection officer

As you might have expected, the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has created a spike in demand for data protection and privacy experts. Organisations are desperate to hire people who can guide them towards regulatory compliance and avoid large fines.  For many organisations, this isn’t just a wish; they are legally required to find such a person and appoint them as a DPO (data protection … [Read more...]

Should you take a GDPR or DPO training course?

The introduction of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) has led to a surge in interest in data protection training courses.  Education is particularly important for anyone taking on the responsibilities of the DPO (data protection officer), a position that’s become a formal requirement for many organisations.  But how should you pursue training? Should you enrol on a DPO training … [Read more...]

Are you ready for a data breach?

A new report has suggested that most SMEs (small and medium enterprises) don’t have anywhere near the estimated €102,000 it costs to respond to a data breach. InsuranceBee’s survey found that 83% of respondents had no money reserved to get back to normal following a cyber security incident, and 25% were unaware that that it would even cost money to put things right.   Breaches are … [Read more...]

43% of people plan to remove their personal data from social media

If you look someone up on Facebook or LinkedIn, you’ll be able to gather huge amounts of information about them without them ever knowing. Until recently, nobody seemed to think about the risks involved; it was just the way things were, and if you didn’t get on board, you were left out from a whole virtual world.  But thanks to the recent Facebook data scandal and the introduction of the EU GDPR … [Read more...]

How to respond to a data breach

Under the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), organisations must report personal data breaches to their supervisory authority within 72 hours of discovering or becoming aware of it. You might think that’s an impossibly short deadline, but don’t fear, you’re not expected to provide a comprehensive report at this stage. The process is simply to ensure that organisations are aware of … [Read more...]

Finding the right candidate to be your DPO

Complying with the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) is mostly about hard work and organisation, but there’s also a little bit of luck involved – at least when it comes to appointing a DPO (data protection officer). The position, which is mandatory for many organisations under the GDPR, has caused a massive spike in demand for data protection experts. Unless the perfect candidate falls … [Read more...]

The DPO role and why you should consider outsourcing it

Under the EU GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a DPO (data protection officer). An organisation is required to appoint a designated DPO where it is a public authority or body, or where its core activities consist of either: Data processing operations that require regular and systematic monitoring of data … [Read more...]

How to register a DPO in Ireland

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which came into force on 25 May 2018, certain organisations are required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). These organisations must register the details of their DPO with their relevant supervisory authority. Registering a DPO in Ireland In Ireland, the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner (DPC) has released an online … [Read more...]

The GDPR is imminent – don’t forget to register your DPO

Under the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), certain organisations will be required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO). Organisations are required to register their DPO’s details with their national supervisory authority. In Ireland this is the Office of the Data Protection Commissioner, which should have an online form available shortly to facilitate the DPO notification … [Read more...]

3 reasons to appoint a data protection officer

Amid all the concerns over the ways that the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) changes consent requirements and the misinformation spread about it, organisations need to make sure they don’t overlook a fundamental part of the compliance process: appointing a data protection officer (DPO). Not all organisations are legally required to appoint one, but many experts – including the Article … [Read more...]