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What does a Data Protection Officer do?

Updated: Mar 27

By Kevin Shepherdson (FIP, CIPM, CIPP/A, CIPP/E, CIPT, GRCP)




The role of a Data Protection Officer may not be glamorous, and it may often be forgotten, but DPOs are essential in today’s digital environment. This is especially since digitalisation is the way to go if a business wants to survive in today’s economic environment. The Covid-19 pandemic which has devastated the global economy has proven that those that can quickly adapt and implement digital transformation are the ones that will make it through adversity without too much trouble.


However, malicious actors know how important digitalisation is to businesses; and as such, this makes customer and employee data incredibly vulnerable. Businesses will want to ensure that this data is protected; and such is the task of a Data Protection Officer (DPO).



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