GDPR Will Require 75,000 DPOs Worldwide

A study has revealed New European Union data protection rules will require the appointment of at least 75,000 data protection officers in the next two years.

According to the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) even though the final version of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) requires only public authorities and other entities engaged in profiling to appoint a DPO the staffing impact will be substantial.

The DPO requirement is borrowed from a similar programme in Germany, which has been in place for a decade.

The IAPP warned it is a new concept almost everywhere else and is bound to generate some confusion.

The latest study found at least 47,000 more DPOs will be required by firms outside of the EU and the US because of the global reach of the GDPR.

President and CEO of the IAPP, Trevor Hughes, said: “The data protection profession has been growing steadily for many years. We expect to see even more growth as result of the GDPR mandate.“But good business is also a major driver; organisations today simply must address privacy concerns to succeed in the information economy,”

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