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DPO as a service (GDPR)

DPO as a service (GDPR)

SKU: 4855
Published: 01 May 2018

DPO as a service is a practical and cost-effective solution for organizations that don’t have the requisite data protection expertise and knowledge to fulfil their data protection officer (DPO) obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

By outsourcing DPO tasks and duties to a managed service provider, you get access to expert advice and guidance that helps you to address the compliance demands of the GDPR while staying focused on your core business activities.

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The GDPR – outsourcing the DPO role

The GDPR recognizes the DPO as a key player in facilitating regulatory compliance, with their appointment mandatory for all public authorities and many private organizations. Even where the GDPR does not specifically require the appointment of a DPO, it is highly encouraged as a matter of good practice and to demonstrate compliance.

Many organizations, particularly smaller ones, may find that the DPO responsibilities are a challenge to deliver, given the breadth of knowledge required on data processing and data security operations, and the requisite familiarity with the legal aspects of the GDPR.

The Regulation allows organizations to outsource the DPO role to an external provider. With a shortage of individuals trained to handle DPO responsibilities, outsourcing these tasks and duties can help your organization to address the compliance demands of the GDPR while staying focused on your core business activities.


Benefits of an external DPO

  • Practical and cost-effective solution to achieve GDPR compliance.
  • Access to independent DPO expertise not available internally.
  • No conflict of interest between the DPO and other business activities.
  • Application of best practice in achieving and maintaining compliance with the GDPR.
  • Cost effective compared to an internal appointment.
  • Access to GDPR training and compliance solutions.


DPO as a service (GDPR)

An annual subscription service, you will be supported by a qualified DPO team who will serve as the independent data protection expert to your organization as set out in the GDPR.

DPO as a service (GDPR)


< 20


21 – 500


> 500


Dedicated support from a qualified DPO team


GDPR gap analysis and report

Prerequisite for the DPO service.


Provide virtual advice and guidance to the organisation on GDPR compliance

Up to 48 hours’ consultation per year

Up to 96 hours’ consultation per year

Up to 192 hours’ consultation per year

The annual consultation allowance includes the following:


Review and advise on privacy policies, procedures and documentation relating to the processing of personal data - Art. 39(1)(a)


Oversee the establishment and maintenance of the personal data processing register (the Article 30 Record) - Art. 39(1)(a)


Advise on the necessity of a data protection impact assessment (DPIA), the manner of its implementation and outcomes - Art. 39(1)(c)

The DPIA can be undertaken by IT Governance as a separate service


Provide guidance on data breach monitoring, management and reporting - Art. 39(1)(a)


Serve as the contact point for data protection authorities for all data protection issues - Art. 39(1)(d) and (e)


Provide advice and guidance on responses to privacy rights requests from individuals (information, access, rectification, objection, erasure, right to data portability) - Art. 38(4).

The process management of privacy rights requests is not within the scope of the DPO service


Facilitate GDPR awareness training and the training of staff involved in data processing operations

GDPR Foundation and Practitioner training recommended for the internal data protection representative.


Monitor compliance with the GDPR - Art. 39(1)(b)
Assist clients with information collection to identify personal data processing activities; verify GDPR compliance of the processing activities; provide advice and guidance on compliance best practice


Quarterly report for senior management to ensure corporate governance of the Regulation


Speak to an expert

Please contact our GDPR team, who will be able to give advice and guidance about the support options.

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The DPO as a Service is provided by GRCI Law Limited (GRCI Law), a specialist in data privacy, cyber and information security legal & compliance advisory services (and a subsidiary of GRC International Group plc).

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