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Data Protection Leader
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Volume: 14 Issue: 7
(July 2017)

data protection officer gdpr accountability data governance

eduardo ustaran

hogan lovells llp


Editorial: The DPO: A puzzle worth solving

Hidden towards the middle of the much talked-about General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (‘GDPR’), occupying less than two pages, there is a legal measure that is likely to emerge as one of the most influential of the entire new framework. The GDPR is Europe's great white hope to preserve the right to data protection in the 21st century. It contains an array of obligations and rights that are meant to act as a protective shield while enabling the digital economy to prosper. Some of these will be more successful than others in achieving this goal, but judging by the efforts of many organisations to prepare for the new law, the role of the data protection officer (‘DPO’) is seen as the cornerstone in the strategy to achieve the best of all possible worlds: benefiting from the immense value of personal data in a lawful, responsible and sustainable way. And rightly so.

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