A DPO plays a big part in your company. More than just ensuring that the PDPA guidelines are met with, a DPO is also responsible for turning data protection into a competitive advantage for your company, which would lead to building trust in the wider data ecosystem.
When choosing a DPO for your company, it can be an existing employee in your company or a third-party. Even though it is not mandatory under PDPC’s law to have the DPO’s details, companies are strongly encouraged to inform them of the details.
When choosing a DPO, companies should assess their needs before appointing a person suitable for the role. Their responsibilities may include:
- Ensure compliance of PDPA when implementing policies for handling personal data
- Promote a data protection culture between employees and share personal data protection policies with stakeholders
- Handle personal data protection queries and complaints
- Let the management know if any risks arise with regards to personal data
- Communicate with PDPC on data protection matters