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

In Summary - Data Protection Officer

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Data Protection Officers typically work in the following Career Sectors:

Big Data
Computers & ICT
the Legal System
Law & Legal

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The Work - Data Protection Officer

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

Interests - Data Protection Officer

This occupation is typically suited for people with the following Career Interests:


Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their most productive under supervisors who give clear guidelines and while performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.


Realists are usually interested in 'things' - such as buildings, mechanics, equipment, tools, electronics etc. Their primary focus is dealing with these - as in building, fixing, operating or designing them. Involvement in these areas leads to high manual skills, or a fine aptitude for practical design - as found in the various forms of engineering.

Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.


The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with sophiscticated technology. These types prefer mentally stimulating environments and often pay close attention to developments in their chosen field.


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.

Entry Requirements - Data Protection Officer

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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