European Data Protection Digest

EDPS: DPOs Could Face Conflict of Interests

PRIVACY LAW—EU

December 20, 2012

Out-Law.com reports on a new statement issued by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) warning that compliance and data protection officers (DPOs) working at European institutions—such as the European Parliament and the Court of Justice of the European Union—could be exposed to conflicts of interest in instances where the DPO is acting on a part-time basis. The EDPS “acknowledges that it is important for a DPO to have a good understanding of the way the institution operates and of its personal data processing operations…However, EU institutions and bodies should be careful to avoid any conflict of interests between DPO duties and any other official duties.”
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