Any business which employs more than 250 people, and processes personal data, is required to have a Data Protection Officer (DPO) under GDPR rules. Businesses will need to be compliant with this rule once the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is introduced, in May 2018.
The problem is that there is a lack of suitably qualified data protection experts. Ideally, businesses should hire people who have experience in the field. However, they may need to move someone into the role internally instead.
Training Requirements for a Data Protection Officer
Although GDPR does not stipulate what experience and knowledge a DPO must have, it is expected that anyone undertaking the role should be able to develop and manage a data protection system and should have an in-depth knowledge of GDPR.
It is the responsibility of the CEO of the business to ensure that the DPO in place has all of the necessary knowledge. If the individual requires further training, to ensure this is the case, this needs to be completed by the time GDPR is introduced, so that the DPO is fully effective.
Any business that employs less than 250 people should consider providing GDPR training to at least one individual if they are required to comply with the GDPR, due to the amount of personal data they process.
Once the DPO is suitably qualified, it is their responsibility to ensure that people within the business are aware of the requirements of GDPR and how it affects them.
Everyone who has any dealings with personal data needs to have awareness of the rules of GDPR, in order to ensure that a business remains compliant at all times. This is vital, as failure to comply can lead to a business being fined or having other sanctions imposed against it.