Becoming a certified Data Protection Officer (DPO) is one of the most sought-after career options today. The amount of information about how you can become a certified DPO may be quite overwhelming and selecting the right training courses is the first step towards a successful professional development. DPO training and certification courses are offered online throughout the world, as personal data protection has become a global priority and practical necessity as a result of the enactment of the GDPR. All those online courses have one common feature: they are based on a single text, namely the General Data Protection Regulation (EU) 2016/679 in English.
Using the GDPR in English in a correct and efficient manner is a prerequisite for DPOs given that a great number of GDPR-related agreements and notices are drafted in or translated into English.
The designation of a Data Protection Officer is compulsory in the cases set out in Article 37 of the GDPR, namely, where:
'(a) the processing is carried out by a public authority or body, except for courts acting in their judicial capacity;
(b) the core activities of the controller or the processor consist of processing operations which, by virtue of their nature, their scope and/or their purposes, require regular and systematic monitoring of data subjects on a large scale; or
(c) the core activities of the controller or the processor consist of processing on a large scale of special categories of data pursuant to Article 9 and personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences referred to in Article 10.'
The data protection officer is selected primarily based on his or her 'expert knowledge of data protection law'. This is the wording of Article 37(5) of the GDPR: 'The data protection officer shall be designated on the basis of professional qualities and, in particular, expert knowledge of data protection law and practices and the ability to fulfil the tasks referred to in Article 39'. And, this is what we do in our webinars: providing expert knowledge of the GDPR in English to fill in the gap between expert knowledge of domestic data protection laws and expert knowledge of the globally applied uniform rules as expressed in the English version of the GDPR.