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Volume: 14 Issue: 7
(July 2017)

Keywords:
data protection officer certification gdpr

Jurisdictions:
spain

Spain: DPO certification "could have big impact"

The Spanish data protection authority (‘AEPD’) announced, on 13 July 2017, that it had instituted a data protection officer (‘DPO’) certification scheme (‘the Scheme’) in collaboration with the National Accreditation Entity (‘ENAC’) in light of the GDPR. Under the Scheme, DPO certification will be granted by agencies accredited by ENAC following criteria elaborated by the AEPD.

Joaquin Muńoz, Lawyer at Ontier, said, “No specific certification is required to carry out the work of a DPO and companies can base their choice on the criteria of candidates’ expertise, professional qualities and their ability to fulfil the tasks incumbent on the DPO on account of their personal abilities and knowledge. [However] in my opinion, despite not being compulsory, the Scheme could have a big impact on privacy professionals since both companies wishing to hire an internal DPO and companies wishing to hire a professional to carry out these tasks based on a service contract may require this certification. Another issue is the impact that this Scheme may have on other training courses or different certifications since, in some way, this certification is already granted the halo of being an 'official certification,' which may affect other certificates that are equally valid.”

The Scheme establishes the competences that will be required for the person who holds the position of DPO, as well as the criteria for assessing that the applicants to the Scheme embody them. 

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