An estimated 500,000 organizations registered a data protection officer as a result of the EU General Data Protection Regulation. The IAPP-EY Annual Governance Report 2019 revealed 72% of respondents work in an organization that appointed a DPO. The roles and responsibilities of the DPOs greatly varied among those organizations. As a response, the IAPP set out to seek clarity on the role of the DPO under the GDPR. In this piece for the Westin Research Center, former IAPP Legal Extern Chelsea Broomhall, CIPP/US, analyzed the results of the survey and spoke with three DPOs, including the IAPP's own Rita Heimes, CIPP/E, CIPP/US, CIPM, for insight on the position. Editor's note: IAPP Research Director Caitlin Fennessy, CIPP/US, will speak at the RSA Conference Feb. 26 during a session titled "Operationalizing the Data Protection Officer Role."
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