Data protection officers: protecting data and ensuring compliance with data protection regulations
Many companies are required to employ a data protection officer, whose tasks include the analysis, evaluation and optimisation of the business processes regarding IT security and data protection. Besides, data protection officers are responsible for ensuring compliance with the related requirements, which are implemented by the management board and the involved departments.
Which opportunities do data protection officers have on the labour market?
The data protection requirements according to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) have been in force since May 2018, delivering new standards for the processing of personal data according to the German Federal Data Protection Act (BDSG) – both for the public sector and private companies. Consequently, companies need an increasing number of appropriately qualified employees, who acquire their expertise as data protection officers through a specific training. As there is a lack of data protection experts and the relevance of this topic is increasingly growing in all areas, data protection officers have very good prospects on the labour market. All companies processing personal data – be it in the HR or marketing area – need to ensure compliance with the legal data protection regulations. In small and medium-sized companies, in particular, this job is often performed by generalists who have acquired the necessary skills via an additional qualification.