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Volume: 15 Issue: 1
(January 2018)

eu data reform gdpr dpo accountability

tim wright steven p. farmer

pillsbury winthrop shaw pittman llp


EU: The data protection officer: internal appointment or outsourced service?

The General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) ('GDPR’) will come into force across the EU later this year, on 25 May 2018. The GDPR ushers in a new approach to data protection regulation in the EU, with a marked focus on self-regulation and internal accountability. It mandates that certain organisations must appoint a data protection officer (‘DPO’) and sets out requirements regarding the role of the DPO and the tasks the individual must undertake. In this article, Tim Wright and Steven P. Farmer, Partner and Counsel respectively at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, provide an analysis of the role of the DPO and the varying considerations for organisations when appointing internally or outsourcing the function.

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