Pinnacle Data Security Excellence with DPO as a service. Introducing Data Protection Officer as a Service (DPOaaS): Your Complete GDPR and DPA 2018 Compliance Solution in 2024. Complying with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018) is paramount for organisations. However, for many, the complexities of fulfilling the Data Protection Officer (DPO) responsibilities can be daunting. Therefore that’s where our Data Protection Officer as a Service (DPOaaS) steps in as a practical and cost-effective solution.
DPO as a Service: Comprehensive Compliance Solutions
Firstly we note that our DPOaaS support product offers a comprehensive range of services designed to satisfy your DPO responsibilities. This supports your data protection responsibility’s in line with articles 38 and 39 of the GDPR. Transparency is key , so prior to engaging with CDS we share our consultants CV and work experience, followed by an onboarding meeting where you get to know them, building trust and enabling both parties to get the best understanding of one another prior to starting any work.
Here’s what our service includes:
Registration and Contact Point: Firstly we handle the registration of your DPO with the relevant supervisory authority. Acting as the official contact point on all data protection matters.
Expert Support: Secondly you benefit from unlimited email and telephone advice from our dedicate data protection team via the help desk. Ensuring prompt and reliable support meeting the service level agreement and enabling you to deal with issues in real time.
Compliance Monitoring: Additionally our team manages your GDPR/DPA 2018 compliance action plan. The DPO conducts regular monitoring to keep your organisation on track. Implementing any required changes seamlessly without any fuss or additional costs.
Gap Analysis and Remedial Action Plan: In the first year, we perform a comprehensive GDPR/DPA 2018 gap analysis. As an output we provide a remedial action plan. From the second year onwards, an annual compliance audit is conducted. We maintain and mitigate as you grow and thrive.
Hands-On Support: Furthermore We assist in creating and maintaining your personal data processing register. We don’t believe in advisory services and guidance models. Some agencies hire junior consultants who use Chat GPT as a way to lower their costs. We offer on demand hands-on support with compliance-related tasks. Our experienced consultants take ownership and deliver projects sucsessfuly and in line with your timeframes and objectives.
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Training and Awareness: Correspondingly our services include staff awareness training to ensure a knowledgeable and compliant workforce. we understand that digital transformation has lead to the rise in interactive and engaging training solutions. Therefore we partner with Knowb4 to offer immersive and end to end GDPR & Cyber Security training as part of the DPO as a service offering.
Documentation Review: Equally we review and maintain updates on GDPR documentation. This is ongoing and provides maturation to your GDPR posture. This includes all your policies and procedures, with legal scrutiny for suitability and applicability.
Advisory & Implementation Services: Receive real time advice and support on handling data protection impact assessments (DPIAs). In addition to data subject access requests (DSARs), data breach monitoring, management, and reporting via the help desk.
Monthly Reports: Finally we recognise its important to stay informed. Our DPO will deliver monthly activity reports and quarterly management reports, ensuring transparency and accountability on the whole process from start to finish. This allows for open discussion on key projects and helps maintain excellence.
Benefits of Outsourcing Your DPO Role
Fast and Efficient Compliance:
Our DPOaaS provides access to independent DPOs who offer swift and efficient advice on data protection compliance, addressing challenges promptly.
Unlimited Access to GDPR Experts:
You enjoy unlimited access to our GDPR experts, ensuring continuous improvement on compliance-related issues and evolving regulations.
Our team of data privacy experts assists your organisation with tasks such as data mapping, incident response, and risk assessments, ensuring professional expertise from qualified industry professionals.
Additionally our DPOaaS provides your organisation with an independent DPO, eliminating potential conflicts of interest and maintaining the integrity of your data protection efforts.
Finally outsourcing the DPO role with our service saves costs associated with recruitment, internal training, and other overheads typically linked to full-time employees. We deliver bespoke contracts with no added fat to boost our margins. We win through being the best of breed at what we do, getting it right the first time and being recommended by our trusted partners and clients to other businesses and organisations.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Can you outsource a Data Protection Officer?
Yes, organisations have the option to outsource the role of a Data Protection Officer (DPO). The General Data Protection Regulation explicitly allows for the outsourcing of the DPO function, recognising that some organisations may lack the in-house expertise required to fulfill the responsibilities under the regulation. Outsourcing the DPO role, as offered through services like our DPO as a Service, can be a practical and cost-effective solution for ensuring compliance.
How much does a DPO cost?
The cost of hiring a Data Protection Officer can vary significantly based on several factors. These including the size and complexity of the organisation, the industry it operates in, and the level of expertise required. Hiring a full-time, in-house DPO may involve salary, benefits, and training costs. On the other hand, outsourcing the DPO role through services like DPOaaS typically involves a much lower and manageable fee. This can also vary based on the scope of services provided. On average hiring a DPO in the UK will cost £73,656. Please note that’s without the recruitment and training costs that are associated. Comparatively outsourcing is much more cost effective and provides the benefits of having an in house DPO without the constraints.
How much does DPO as a service cost in the UK?
The cost of DPO as a Service (DPOaaS) in the UK can vary depending on the service provider and the specific features included in the subscription. Typically, DPOaaS providers offer flexible pricing structures, which may be billed monthly or annually. The cost may also be influenced by the size and nature of the organisation, the extent of services required, and the level of ongoing support. Organisations interested in DPOaaS should contact us directly to discuss specific pricing details tailored to their needs.
Can anyone be a Data Protection Officer?
While there are no specific educational requirements to become a Data Protection Officer the GDPR mandates that a DPO should have expertise in data protection law and practices. The individual should be capable of fulfilling the tasks outlined in Articles 38 and 39 of the GDPR. This often translates to having a good understanding of data protection regulations. Including relevant legal frameworks, and the ability to assess an organisation’s compliance with such regulations. We screen all our DPO’s to ensure they have a practical and working knowledge of how to deliver compliance , ensuring that just having a theoretical knowledge of GDPR is not enough to deliver excellence for our clients.
It is true that a DPO can be an existing employee within your organisation or an external professional hired for the role. Regardless of the specific qualifications, the DPO should operate independently and should not have a conflict of interest with other business activities. This is to ensure unbiased and effective oversight of data protection matters. It’s essential to appoint someone with the necessary knowledge and skills to navigate the complexities of data protection laws and regulations. Therefore we believe our outsourced DPO service provides all the assurances any business would need when implementing GDPR, whilst delivering all the benefits of having a dedicated team of professionals on standby to help and support your organisation in achieving compliance and data protection excellence.
In conclusion, Our DPO as a Service offers a holistic and streamlined approach to GDPR and DPA 2018 compliance, empowering your organisation to navigate the complexities of data protection effortlessly. Embrace the future of data compliance with our dedicated, independent, and cost-effective DPOaaS solution.