As international and U.S. privacy laws become more prevalent and privacy regulators increase enforcement of these laws, businesses must navigate a complex and ever-changing regulatory landscape. What’s more, the costs of finding and employing an experienced Data Protection Officer can be overwhelming for a business. Luckily, the GDPR allows for an outsourced DPO, and this is where Advisori shines.
A business governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is required to appoint a data protection officer (DPO) if it is (1) a public body (except for courts), or (2) it uses data for the purpose of “regular and systematic monitoring” of people, or (3) it processes sensitive personal data related to a person’s race, religion, ethnic origin, or other personal information such as genetic or biometric data.
If your business can be described by any of those statements, you must appoint a DPO as required by Articles 38 and 39 of the GDPR – a position that can be outsourced and virtual.
This is what a virtual DPO can do for your business.
Our DPOs act as a liaison between our clients and their customers and regulatory authorities. For instance, our DPOs interact with data subjects by servicing their data subject access rights requests (DSARs) and answering customer questions related to how the business collects, processes, and protects personal information. Similarly, our DPO’s are well-experienced in working with and responding to regulatory authorities like the Information Commissioner’s Office.
An Advisori DPO serves as a compliance and risk mitigation professional. However, a DPO is not just an “insurance policy.” Having our privacy experts on your side sends a strong message to the marketplace that your business takes data privacy and protection seriously. In this competitive market, this difference could be critical for any business as customers are demanding that businesses respect and ensure their privacy.
The Advisori difference.
Our DPOs take the time to really understand our clients’ businesses and how they collect, process, share, and store personal data. Based on these factors, we develop and implement a privacy program tailored to the client’s needs. We then implement that strategy advising the business on data protection best practices, managing critical operational data protection activities (like data security assessments and audits), and providing employees with data protection education, training, and strategies.
Our experienced and credentialed virtual DPOs will:
Advise on data protection best practices
Advise on all relevant data protection laws including the GDPR
Advise on the critical concept of “privacy by-design” on all new business processes and technologies
Advise the business on its methods of data sharing and the development of data protection agreements (DPAs)
Monitor internal compliance with the GDPR
Oversee and assist with data protection impact assessments (DPIAs) and privacy impact assessment (PIAs)
Monitor and advise on Records of Processing Activities (ROPAs)
Respond to data subjects request regarding the business’s collection, processing, and protection of personal information
Fulfill all data subject access rights requests (DSARs)
Liaison with all relevant data protection authorities regarding the business’s privacy practices, regulatory inquiries, an data subject complaints
Provide internal privacy trainings to management and staff
Did you know?
Advisori can serve as your company’s DPO of record with all required data protection authorities, to include the Information Commissioner’s Office.
Businesses rely on our full-service outsourced DPOs.
Our DPOs can serve as the face of a business's data protection program by ensuring critical regulatory compliance and by demonstrating, to data protection authorities and to the public, that the business is serious about data protection and customer privacy.