What competences must a Data Protection Officer have?

Many companies opt for the supposedly obvious, such as designating an employee from their own workforce as DPO. However, this is not possible without further measures. There are a few things to consider.

A data protection officer must have the following competencies:

  • Full knowledge of the relevant: GDPR, 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, corresponding certifications
  • Reliability and personal integrity
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