Data Protection Officer Service

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Successful businesses depend on reliable data to provide insights into their customers, drive efficiency, and automate processes.

The Internet of Things (IoT) is an integral part of the infrastructure required to deliver such data, but for it to succeed, it must be secure, resilient and safe.

Data is a valuable commodity which much be protected to maintain its worth. When data is compromised, it becomes worthless, costly and potentially dangerous.

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Did you know. . . The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) has estimated that over 75,000 Data Protection Officers (DPOs) will be required worldwide due to the GDPR.

The appointment of a DPO is a legal requirement for many organisations operating in the EU and is the cornerstone of accountability to facilitate compliance with the GDPR.

Article 37 of the GDPR recognises the potential for external consultants to provide DPO services on the basis of a service contract. The Article 29 Working Party (now the European Data Protection Board) has elaborated on the structure of such a service, focusing on the efficiency benefits, independence and accessibility.

Gemserv provides full outsourced DPO or supports in-house management through the virtual data protection service offering (vDPO ). As part of this, we assist or carry out the core functions of a DPO, reflecting a client’s requirements.

Gemserv also offers the flexibility for our DPOs to be registered in Ireland or in the UK, to safeguard against the effects of Brexit.

Benefits

The oDPO and vDPO services bring the following benefits:

  • Level of Expertise – We offer our fully CIPP/ECIPM and ISO27001 qualified data protection, information security and cyber-risk consultants to provide professional guidance to our clients, thus giving you a competitive advantage over your competitors.
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest – Fully outsourced data-protection professionals helps to avoid organisational conflict of interest between data protection responsibilities and other tasks; the GDPR has highlighted this as a significant corporate problem.
  • Autonomy and Independence – While acting on behalf of our clients, we provide independent, dedicated guidance and decision-making, using our own resources, as endorsed by the Article 29 Working Party.

Core Functions

As part of the  outsourced and vertual DPO services, we provide guidance on, or deliver, the full responsibilities of a DPO, including:

  • Governance – Adopting a risk-based approach to audit, we implement and monitor data protection practices required for compliance with the GDPR.
  • Cooperation – We act as a contact point and facilitator for investigations and negotiations with supervisory authorities, and respond to queries from data subjects.
  • Data Breach Notification – Managing, providing guidance on and reporting personal data breaches.
  • Data Subject Requests – Implementing the necessary framework for responding to Data Subject Requests, including Subject Access Requests (SARs)..
  • Data Protection Impact Assessments (DPIAs) – Following the principle of Data Protection by Design, we advise on and risk assess data processing operations.

Data Protection

Awareness Video

Data Breach – The Next 72 Hours…..

Below is an infographic that details the process once a data breach has occurred.

Useful

Documents

WP Annex PDF
VDPO Products Sheet
GDPR Fines Guide