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Data Protection Officer

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Ensures compliance with and application of Data Protection Regulations in their organisation.


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Also known as Data Compliance Officer or Data Privacy Officer, the primary job of the DPO is to ensure an organisation’s use of data is compliant with Data Protection Legislation.

Work activities will typically include

  • Developing, implementing and enforcing suitable and relevant Data Protection Policies
  • Reviewing policies annually
  • Providing information and guidance on the processing of personal data
  • Processing and responding to requests for information
  • Carrying out Data Protection compliance audits
  • Assisting with investigations into complaints about breaches of data protection
  • Reporting and undertaking remedial action as required
  • Keeping up to date with changes in data protection requiremtns and legislation


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A Data Protection Officer should be familiar with the methods and techniques used for data gathering and processing, as well the associated legal and business issues.

People in this job role need to understand the organisation of the business and the specific business tasks for which personal data is processed.


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People are becoming more aware of both the threats to their data privacy and the rights they have under the data protection laws. In response, many organisations are putting greater emphasis on data compliance and are developing specialist job roles to ensure they meet their information security obligations.

The EU is also pushing through a new directive to strengthen privacy for Europe’s 500 million citizens. The latest proposal is for the Data Protection Officer role to be made mandatory for any legal entities that process data on more than 5,000 individuals per year.

Entrants with banking, audit, legal backgounds, and compliance, data protection, risk analysis experience, are in demand for this job role.

Last Updated: January, 2015


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Organisation: The Association of Data Protection Officers
Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
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Organisation: ICT Ireland
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Organisation: ICS - The Society for Chartered IT Professionals in Ireland
Address: 87-89 Pembroke Road, Dublin 4
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Organisation: The Association of Data Protection Officers
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