4th edition of the guiding principles for professional Data Protection Officers

Data protection officers carry great responsibility.They support companies and authorities on their road to digitisation.They must in this respect observe both the basic rights to protection of personal data and the needs and development of companies and administrations.

Data Protection Officers will therefore ensure that laws are not violated and offer technical expertise and experience to ensure that optimal processes will be deployed for safe solutions and the success of all involved.

Data Protection Officers therefore bring both aspects to bear towards decisive contributions to the credibility of companies and their administration.Effective data protection will engender confidence in customers and partners, protect corporate values and strengthen brands.Data protection can thus offer important competitive advantages.

These challenges will not be met unless Data Protection Officers have excellent qualifications. Their specialist know-how will include specifically

  • Processes and organisation
  • IT systems and applications
  • Data protection legislation

The BvD is developing concrete requirements for the activities and know-how of Data Protection Officers in its Guiding principles for Professional Data Protection Officers. Because our members bind themselves to this professional profile they will offer highly qualified specialist advice.

The BvD will regularly adapt the professional profile to reflect current technical and legislative developments. This fourth editionintegrates the new requirements of the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into the qualifications of Data Protection Officers.

Link to professional profile

To the data protection media award

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