Outsourced Data Protection Officer (DPO)

A fully tailored and managed outsourced DPO (Data Protection Officer) service that ensures an independent, professional and informed approach is carried out by dedicated industry professionals, allowing you to focus on your core business.

A Fully-Outsourced DPO Service

Our fully-outsourced DPO service allows your organisation to ensure full compliance with GDPR Articles 37-39 in an efficient and cost-effective manner.

Outsourcing your DPO means you’ll receive exactly the right amount of support your organisation requires, with the ability to scale up or down in the future. This allows for substantially more flexibility – and substantially less overhead – than hiring an in-house Data Protection Officer.

Our expert DPOs adhere strictly to the tasks set out in Article 39, including:

Informing and advising you and your team about your ongoing obligations to comply with the GDPR (as well as other common data protection laws)
Monitoring data protection compliance on an ongoing basis & actively managing all internal data protection activities
Conducting internal audits to identify & remediate any data protection issues
Providing staff training on all aspects of data protection compliance
Serving as the first point of contact for individuals whose data is processed, as well as supervisory authorities

In addition to their obligations listed under Article 39, our outsourced DPOs complete any and all necessary tasks related to personal data processing:

Risk analysis & providing risk-based advice to organisations, as well as taking into account the nature, scope and purposes of more-risky data processing
Documenting instances where their advice is not followed to demonstrate accountability​

Qualified Outsourced DPO’s

The law says that you should appoint a DPO on the basis of their professional qualities, and in particular, experience and expert knowledge of data protection law. Whilst it doesn’t specify the precise credentials they are expected to have, it does say that this should be proportionate to the type of processing you carry out, taking into consideration the level of protection the personal data requires.

So, where the processing of personal data is particularly complex or risky, the knowledge and abilities of the DPO should be correspondingly advanced enough to provide effective oversight. It would therefore be an advantage for your DPO to also have a good knowledge of your industry or sector, as well as your data protection needs and processing activities.

All of our outsourced DPOs have achieved or are working towards the Certified Information Privacy Professional of Europe (CIPP/E) Qualification.

Do You Need An Outsourced DPO?

You are legally required to appoint a DPO if you meet any of the following criteria:

Voluntary Appointment?

You can appoint a Outsourced Data Protection Officer on a voluntary basis to give your organisation and its stakeholders added assurance and to also further demonstrate and meet accountability requirements under the GDPR.  A Data Protection Officer can be a member of staff or an appointed 3rd party retained on a service contract.

Importance of The Role

Whilst not always a full-time role, DPOs are required to be independent and have specialist data protection expertise. This role is becoming increasingly important due to the The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) having the ability and power to impose significant financial penalties when organisations fail to protect personal data. The risk of reputational damage proving potentially terminal for an organisation.

Small Business
0-25 employees
from £
/per month exc. VAT
Minimum 4hrs Support Per Month
Monthly Progress Meetings
Secure Client Portal
Dedicated Advisor
Medium Business
26-199 employees
from £
/per month exc. VAT
UK GDPR Gap Analysis
Minimum One Day Support Per Month
Monthly Progress Meetings
Secure Client Portal
Dedicated Advisor
Large/ Enterprise
200+ employees
/per month
UK GDPR Gap Analysis
Tailored Support Based on Requirements
Monthly Progress Meetings
Secure Client Portal
Dedicated Team of Advisors

*A UK GDPR Gap Analysis is required for all Medium & Large/Enterprise Business’ before the DPO contract starts

The Benefits of Outsourcing Your DPO

Fundamentally, we believe that all these benefits, and more, combined mean a Bruce & Butler Outsourced DPO provides far greater value for this key role than is possible from a small team, a single independent contractor or an internal employee.