Data Privacy and Security

Is the EU-decreed DPO the next big IT role?

Europe needs to hire 28,000 Data Protection Officers. And fast.

There’s always plenty of chatter about the next big C-suite title: is it the Chief Data Officer? The Chief IoT Officer? Thanks to the European Parliament, it might well be the Data Protection Officer.

The recently-approved General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) rules – designed to improve security and privacy of personal data – will require organisations with large amounts of sensitive data or those that monitor the behaviour of large number of consumers to appoint a DPO.

According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), the GDPR could require Europe to hire at least 28,000 DPOs. These DPOs will need to need to be well-versed in data privacy law & practice and ensure the business is compliant with the GDPR - the EU has published a paper outlining recommended qualifications and expected duties - or face a hefty fine.  

Are there 28,000 spare data privacy experts sitting around Europe waiting to be hired? Probably not. There could be a hiring boom just around the corner, which will be good for wages, if not companies’ bottom lines.


Additional reading:

EU finally approves GDPR

Does your company need a Chief Data Officer?

Do organisations really need a ‘Chief IoT Officer’?


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Dan Swinhoe

Dan is a journalist at CSO Online. Previously he was Senior Staff Writer at IDG Connect.

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