The job title of the person responsible for privacy compliance often varies by organisation – from CEO and CFO, to General Counsel to Data Protection Officer (DPO). But you all have one thing in common: you’re busy.
The good news is effective privacy compliance isn’t a one man (or woman) job. It can only be achieved by building a culture of continuous privacy compliance that permeates throughout the whole business. And to achieve that, you need some friends.
Privacy champions to the rescue
As part of using the Privacy Compliance Hub, we suggest that one of the first jobs leaders do is appoint a brilliant team of cross-disciplinary privacy champions. After all, you can’t be everywhere at once, nor are you likely to have the depth of knowledge required to map every team’s processing activities and data flows. The champions provide a strong foundation for your compliance programme to evolve from.
The ideal number of champions will depend on the size of the organisation but there should be a representative from each function of the business and if you are a multi site business, from different locations.
Ideally, they should have:
- Integrity and high professional ethics
- Some project management experience
- The ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organisation
- A desire to learn more about privacy
- Knowledge of the organisation and the sector within which it operates