VIDEO: The role of the data protection officer

von Jan

The job and especially the role of a data protection officer combined with the tasks behind it are an important part of a company. But how does a company come to appoint a data protection officer?

What is the specific role of the data protection officer in the company?

A very good point, which also often leads to misunderstandings in practice. The data protection officer is not there to make specific decisions about data processing operations, nor is it part of his or her remit to do so; rather, his or her function is an advisory one, vis-à-vis the management, the highest governing body of an institution, but also, for example, vis-à-vis the data subjects, and it is here that he or she brings all his or her know-how, his or her expertise, to bear in order to find the best possible, most data-protection-friendly form of data processing for everyone involved.

In summary, the data protection officer is the classic advisor, the decisions are made by the responsible body, i.e. the company itself, and the data protection officer only acts in an advisory capacity.


These and other points are discussed in detail in the video:

Who makes the decision whether data processing may be carried out?

Are there differences between external & internal data protection officers?

Can anyone take on the role of internal data protection officer?

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aigner business solutions GmbH is a consulting company for data protection and IT security and is one of the leading service providers in this field in Bavaria. With a total of over 20 employees at its headquarters in Hutthurm near Passau and its branch office in Munich, the company serves national and international corporations as well as SMEs.

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