GDPR Information Series #3: The Data Protection Officer

July 1, 2020

HewardMills serves as the Data Protection Officer (DPO) for First Advantage in Europe. The DPO’s responsibilities are outlined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and in Member State legislation. The appointment of a DPO is mandatory under GDPR for many organisations, regardless of their size or whether they are processing personal data as a Data Controller or a Data Processor.

HewardMills is a global DPO office with a multidisciplinary team of data professionals. HewardMills has a wide range of skills and expertise within its team, further supported by a network of trusted strategic partners. Known for its integrity and long-lasting embedded relationships, their focus is on integrity, ethics and protecting clients and data subjects. HewardMills assist clients around the world with building robust data protection compliance programs on 4 fundamental pillars: Corporate Governance, Privacy Operations, Polices & Procedures and Training & Awareness.

HewardMills as First Advantage’s DPO

HewardMills supports First Advantage and helps build a robust compliance programme around 4 pillars.

  • Corporate Governance
    • Data protection corporate governance structures
    • Registrations and notifications with the appropriate data protection authorities
  • Privacy Operations
    • Data Protection Impact assessments (DPIA)
    • Record of Processing Activities (RoPAs)
    • Legitimate Interest Assessment (LIA)
    • Data Subject Rights Requests (DSRRs)
    • Privacy by Design and by Default
    • Breach management planning and response plans
  • Policies and Procedures Training & awareness
  • Other
    • Point of contact for the Data Protection Authorities
    • Local law requirements

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About First Advantage

First Advantage provides comprehensive background screening, identity and information solutions that give employers access to actionable information that results in faster, more accurate people decisions. With an advanced global technology platform and superior customer service delivered by experts who understand local markets, First Advantage helps customers around the world build fully scalable, configurable screening programs that meet their unique needs. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, First Advantage has offices throughout North America, the United Kingdom, Asia and the Middle East.

Information Content Notice

Although the foregoing has been authored by the First Advantage Global Legal Compliance Team, we are not authorised to provide your organisation with legal advice because First Advantage is not a law firm.

The foregoing information is rather provided in a spirit of partnership as helpful information on the possible impacts associated with GDPR.

Please share this document with legal counsel familiar with your organisation and who has expertise in GDPR compliance. Given the substantial financial penalties associated with GDPR compliance and their possible impact on your revenue, legal review is an essential part of your organisation’s preparation for GDPR compliance.

Current as of June 2020
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