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Home Office recruits data protection officer ahead of GDPR

Matteo Natalucci Published 15 August 2017

£85,000 role will be responsible for providing key assurance, compliance and advisory function on data protection matters within department


The Home Office is recruiting a data-protection officer for the Directorate for Data and Identity, offering a salary of between £80k and £85k.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and Data Protection Directive (DPD) will come into effect in May 2018, providing a new accountability-based compliance framework for data protection. The GDPR requires public authorities to appoint a data protection officer to oversee compliance and embed a ‘privacy by design’ culture. As a result, the Home Office says, it is hiring an official to promote awareness of compliance.

This post will lie within the Directorate for Data and Identity (DI), part of the Crime, Policing and Fire Group, reporting to the DI Director. The new recruit will provide key assurance, compliance and advisory function on data protection matters within the Home Office, facilitating compliance across all business functions for both general personal data processing matters as well as those that fall under our law enforcement responsibilities. The post holder will be responsible for leading a programme of audits of personal data processing activities, and reporting key findings and recommendations directly to the Permanent Secretary.

Applicants will need to demonstrate knowledge of national and European data protection laws and regulations including the DPA, GDPR and DPD, as well as an understanding of information technologies and data security and the relationship between these and data protection.

The job description specifies that the job is open to UK nationals only and is for a minimum of two years.

Application close on September 8.

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