WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF APPOINTING AN EXTERNAL DATA PROTECTION OFFICER?

If an Enterprise commits a Data Protection Infringement, it may result in high Fines. The Good Reputation may also be damaged. An External Data Protection Officer can prevent this.

THE POTENTIAL OF THE EXTERNAL

According to the wish of the European legislator, a data protection officer is to be designated on the basis of professional qualities and, in particular, expert knowledge of data protection law and practices, Article 37 para 5 DS-GMO (valid as of 25 May 2018). In this respect, an internal data protection officer would have to have practical expertise, be an expert in data protection law and maintain his knowledge permanently. If, for example, he or she is lacking the legal knowledge, his or her designation may be inadmissible.

If an enterprise appoints an internal employee as data protection officer, this may also lead to conflicts of interest. An external data protection officer, on the other hand, does not perform any other tasks in your enterprise. Many companies are therefore using external data protection officers.

Some advantages of designation of an external data protection officer:

Flexibility

An External Data Protection Officer is more flexible.

Cost Advantages

Lower costs both in case of termination of contract as well as during trainings and further education.

Protection of the Internal Resources

Internal employees focusing on the core activities.

Up-to-date

Constant training of the external data protection officer.

No Conflicts of Interest

Neutrality and independence prevent conflicts of interest.

Efficiency

Fast and efficient implementation of data protection measures.

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