Employee Data Privacy

United Kingdom - Data Protection Officer

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What is, and which organizations have to appoint a DPO?

A Data Protection Officer (DPO) is a person in charge of verifying the compliance of personal data processing with the applicable law. The DPO communicates information on processing personal data such as its: purposes, interconnections, types, categories of data subjects, length of retention and department(s) in charge of implementing processing. DPOs may be required by law or recommended.

 

While the United Kingdom is transitioning out of the European Union, the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will continue to apply through December 2020. The UK passed the Data Protection Act 2018 (“Act”) to implement the GDPR and to allow for continued application of the GDPR once the UK leaves the EU. The Act largely mirrors the GDPR and will continue in full force beyond the transition period.

The GDPR requires that data controllers and data processors designate a DPO in any case where:

  • the processing of personal data is carried out by a public authority or body, except for courts acting in their judicial capacity;
  • the core activities of the controller or the processor consist of processing operations which, by virtue of their nature, their scope and/or their purposes, require regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale; or
  • the core activities of the controller or the processor consist of processing, on a large scale, special categories of data and personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences.

A DPO is not mandatory for every organization but is highly recommended.

 

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