Can employing a DPO help you sleep better at night?

Can employing a DPO help you sleep better at night?

For the legal profession in particular, the risk of data breaches holds fearful consequences. Potential bank breaking fines—such as the proposed £300m Information Commissioners Office (ICO) fines for BA and Marriott breaches and loss of reputation are just some of the issues you could be facing.

Despite the high risk for firms, the latest ICO figures placed the legal sector in the top five for the most reported data security incidents—with law firms being responsible for 8% of the 4,056 data breaches reported between July and September 2018.

With this alarming knowledge, it is no wonder the notion of a data breach keeps many up at night. But, there could be an answer to put minds at rest by employing a Data Protection Officer (DPO).

I am sure that following the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation, you, like many firms thought, ‘I do not have a duty to appoint a DPO as I am not a public authority or body’. Yes, under law this may be true. However, many overlooked the value it could bring by employing a DPO on a voluntary basis.

Whether it is protecting your firm’s reputation or damaging financial repercussions that could follow a data breach, or having an authority to ensure you are complying with data regulations, DPOs can be very useful—keeping you one step ahead in thi

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Hannah is one of the Future of Law blog’s digital and technical editors. She graduated from Northumbria University with a degree in History and Politics and previously freelanced for News UK, before working as a senior news editor for LexisNexis.