5 challenges of a DPO

                     The main task of the Data Protection Officer (DPO) is to ensure that an organisation processes its personal data in accordance with applicable data protection laws and provisions. However, the DPO is often burdened with practical challenges. In this article we will discuss the challenges and show you how to overcome them.

                    1. Lack of awareness and knowledge in the organization

                    Challenge: Employees lack data protection and security knowledge. Therefore, it is hard to implement GDPR requirements, as employees are not aware they are processing personal data. Lack of security awareness, makes your employees the weakest link in your security chain.

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                    2. Lack of cooperation of stakeholders
                    Challenge: Different organizational units need to cooperate with the DPO to identify data processing activities. It is not uncommon for a DPO to encounter resistance.

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                    3. Undocumented data flows
                    Challenge: Data flows are not documented. Employees lack the knowledge to identify data processing activities. As a DPO it is hard to know what is going on in the organization 

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                    4. Continuous Change

                    Challenge: Organizational and operational changes are often already implemented before the DPO is informed. This makes it hard to stay up to date and requires continuous attention and improvement.

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                    5. Demonstrating Compliance
                    Challenge: The accountability principle requires data controllers to prove they’re GDPR compliant. This requires that you can show proof of and justification for the steps your organisation has taken to be GDPR compliant. However, evidence is often scattered across multiple applications, locations, storage devices and backups this makes a real challenge.

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