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DPA (Data Protection Authority)

Osman Husain Apr 10, 2023 3:32:04 PM

Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) are independent public authorities that monitor and enforce data protection laws. They have a role in protecting the personal data of individuals in the European Union (EU).

The GDPR defines Data Protection Authorities as “a public authority or a body established by law, vested with specific tasks, which is empowered to monitor the application of personal data protection rules.”
DPAs are not a single organization but rather a network of individual organizations.

Each EU Member State has its own DPA and there are currently more than 40 DPAs across the EU, including:

  • the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)
  • the Irish Data Protection Commissioner (DPC)
  • the French Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertés (CNIL)
  • the German Bundesbeauftragte für den Datenschutz und die Informationsfreiheit (BfDI)

Osman Husain

Osman is the content lead at Enzuzo. He has a background in data privacy management via a two-year role at ExpressVPN and extensive freelance work with cybersecurity and blockchain companies. Osman also holds an MBA from the Toronto Metropolitan University.

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