Magazine article Information Management

Study: 75,000 Data Protection Officers Needed by 2019

Magazine article Information Management

Study: 75,000 Data Protection Officers Needed by 2019

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The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will drive the need for at least 75,000 new data protection officers (DPOs) worldwide over the next two years, according to a recent study conducted by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), covered recently by Computerweekly.com.

Trevor Hughes, president and CEO of the IAPP, said the data protection profession has been growing steadily for years and such growth should accelerate as a result of the GDPR mandate.

"But good business is also a major driver; organisations today simply must address privacy concerns to succeed in the information economy," he said.

The GDPR governs the privacy practices of any organization that handles EU citizens' data, regardless of its location. Because the EU is the world's largest economy and top trading partner for 80 countries, thousands of organizations around the globe will be subject to the GDPR. …

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