As the EU General Data Protection Regulation approaches its first birthday, hundreds of thousands of privacy professionals have jobs tied to the milestone. In 2017, an IAPP study estimated the GDPR would create a need for at least 75,000 DPOs worldwide. As the GDPR’s first year draws to a close, IAPP Senior Research Fellow Caitlin Fennessy, CIPP/US, examined how many organizations put data protection officers to work in practice. It turns out, the IAPP's initial estimate, which seemed huge at the time, fell far short of the reality. New IAPP research indicates that an estimated 500,000 organizations have registered DPOs across Europe under the GDPR. The IAPP has also released a corresponding infographic detailing some of the GDPR's first year in numbers. Fennessy has the details in this article for The Privacy Advisor.
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