Advantages of External Data Protection


A company that decides to designate an External Data Protection Officer (DPO) receives professional Data Protection Management based on expert know-how. At the same time, it benefits from synergy effects from experience with other companies and IT applications as well as from maintaining contacts with the Supervisory Authority. The resulting increase in the level of Data Protection offers safeguards against administrative orders and fines and is regularly important in the context of upcoming certification projects.

Cost benefits and avoidance of conflicts of interest

In addition to the high-level expertise regarding technical aspects, the outsourcing of Data Protection saves costs because a release of an internal DPO and his obligatory training and further education (Art. 39 GDPR) is not necessary. The staff can concentrate on their core business, so that internal resource protection goes along with the outsourced Data Protection. Conflicts of interest, which would arise if the IT management or the management would be designated as DPOs in an inadmissible manner, are also avoided. This ensures a neutral Data Protection consultation that solely bases on the applicable law and can be, if necessary, combined with apresentation of the Data Protection Policy within and outside the company.

Minimized risk of liability and flexibility of resources

The appointment of an External DPO also entails the assumption of liability for the legal conformity of internal processes. Due to the lack of special protection against dismissal of the External DPO, the company remains flexible and can regularly detach itself from the contractual obligation without any problems.

Here you can read in which cases a company has the obligation to designate a DPO according to the GDPR and which requirements the DPO has to fulfil.