What competences must a Data Protection Officer have?

Many companies prefer to name a DPO internally from their existing workforce. However, there are important qualifications that must be considered when designating a DPO.

A DPO must have the following competencies:

  • Expert knowledge of relevant data protection law: GDPR and national laws (BDSG, TMG, TKG)
  • Legal understanding
  • Extensive technical expertise
  • Knowledge of the IT basic protection catalogues of the Federal Office for Information Security (BSI)
  • Ideally, relevant data protection certifications
  • Reliability and personal integrity
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