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What is the role of a Data Protection Officer?

Updated: Mar 28, 2021

Data protection trends and the role of a DPO

The global pandemic has sped up the process of digitalisation and transformed the landscape of the economy. Unfortunately, the recession and shrinking market have caused many to lose their means of livelihood. Many businesses are adapting to online transactions and digital solutions as part of their effort to survive. In the bid to quickly digitalise their business, they may neglect efforts to build data protection aspects into their operational controls. Hackers and other malicious agents wait for an opportune time to take advantage of these situations and steal customer or employee data from these businesses. Under this situation, a career that is quietly but surely on the rise is the Data Protection Officer (DPO).

The tasks of a Data Protection Officer (DPO) can be summarised into the acronym G-A-P-S-R:

First and foremost, a DPO’s task is to assist the organisation to govern how personal data is being collected, used, disclosed, or stored within an organisation according to the requirements of the Personal Data Protection Act and relevant data protection laws.

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