The International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) estimates that 75,000 new data protection officer positions will need to be created globally by the time the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) comes into effect from May 2018.
After initially predicting that 28,000 such roles would be required, the IAPP calculates a much higher total with 11,790 in the EU alone. The US, considered to be the EU’s biggest trading partner, will need to appoint the most data protection officers, followed by China, Turkey, Russia and Switzerland.
A separate study in partnership with TRUSTe has revealed nine in 10 companies have started to action GDPR, with 67 per cent of EU-based organisations claiming their implementation is either underway or already completed.
Trevor Hughes, IAPP CEO and president said: “Clearly, IAPP members are taking the GDPR’s DPO requirement seriously, with many of them well on their way toward creating a GDPR compliance programme.
“As the research shows, privacy program leaders are resourceful, but increasingly pressed for time and resources. The IAPP’s training and in-depth educational materials, alongside tools developed by technology providers like TRUSTe, will be vital for helping organizations be ready for the GDPR in May of 2018.”