Privacy Advisor

Will the European Commission require DPOs at all organizations?

As the European Commission reviews its legal framework on data protection, European Directive 95/46/EC, it considers implementing a mandatory requirement that all data processing organizations employ a data protection officer. A two-month public consultation period—which concluded earlier this year—generated submissions from 288 organizations and individuals. While stakeholders have been vocal, the commission itself has remained tight-lipped about the potential mandate’s likelihood, leaving stakeholders and others to speculate about the potential implications.

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