The GDPR does not establish specific qualifications for data protection officers. However, they must have specialised knowledge of law, of national and European legislation and practices in the field of data protection, and in-depth knowledge of the GDPR. They also need to have experience in data protection to be able to identify the risks associated with processing operations, taking into account the nature, scope, context and purposes of the processing.
Therefore, they must be selected bearing in mind the data processing operations that are carried out and the protection required for the personal data that is processed.
As well as this, they must have knowledge of the sector of activity in question, the organisation, the processing operations that are carried out and the information systems.