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GDPR will require 28,000 data protection officers in Europe, study shows


"European Union data protection rules will require the appointment of 28,000 data protection officers (DPOs) in the next two years in Europe alone, a study revealed.

Even though the final version of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires only public authorities and other entities engaged in profiling to appoint a DPO, the staffing impact will be substantial, according to a study by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP)

By the time the GDPR comes into force in early 2018, thousands of European firms outside Germany will have to hire, appoint or contract a data protection officer for the first time, but the IAPP study is the first to estimate the size of the challenge.

Article 37 of the GDPR requires controllers and processors of personal information to designate a data protection officer when the processing is carried out by a public authority or when ‘core activities’ require ‘regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale’ or consist of ‘processing on a large scale of special categories of data’.”


NCC Weekly News Update 26 April 2016 



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