Data Protection Officer

Fusion People
£17.90 - £22.29 per hour
30 Sep 2017
03 Nov 2017
Contract Type
Full Time
This role for a data protection officer has been released on a temporary basis until the end of March 2018 initially.

Main Duties:

* To ensure that Dorset County Council complies with its statutory obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act) and the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).
* To provide data protection services to external organisations as part of a service level agreement or on a fee charging basis.
* To establish, maintain and promote public and partner agencies' confidence in the Council's procedures and processes in respect of how we process and protect personal information.
* To be the acknowledged expert in all matters relating to data protection professional advice and guidance to staff at all levels, elected members, partner organisations and the public in order to ensure corporate compliance with data protection and associated legislation.
* Maintain up-to-date knowledge of all relevant legislation and ensuring that policies, procedures and practices across the Council are compliant with legislation and relevant statutory guidance and codes of practice.
* Submission and maintenance of the Council's statutory annual data protection Notification.
* The investigation and resolution of data protection complaints and data breach management, including deciding whether a breach is a 'reportable incident' to the Information Commissioner and/or to affected individuals, acting as the single point of contact with the Information Commissioner on such matters.
* To promote compliance and best practice, robustly challenging practices and procedures which do not comply with data protection legislation. This may include challenging senior managers.
* Undertake data protection audits to ensure legislative guidance.
* To develop and deliver general mandatory and bespoke service-specific data protection training to all staff.
* Identifying and following up opportunities to generate income from providing data protection services to other organisations.
* Manage subject access requests across the Council within the statutory timescales, identifying and applying relevant exemptions to disclosure where necessary.
* Make decisions upon the appropriate level of disclosure of sensitive information to external
bodies, including law enforcement, investigatory and regulatory bodies.
* To advise on lawful data sharing, implementing and monitoring information sharing protocol's
with partner organisations to mitigate risks to the Council by the actions of third parties.
* Represent the Council on local, regional and national working groups and provide submissions to relevant consultations.
* To fulfil the role of Home Office Accredited Single Point of Contact (SPoC) for the Acquisition of Communications Data under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 (RIPA).
* Manage authorisations for covert surveillance, intelligence gathering and the acquisition of communications data in accordance with RIPA. Delivering training and maintaining policies and procedures as appropriate.
* To lead on all matters relating to the use of CCTV by the Council. Providing advice and
guidance to ensure its use complies with data protection and human rights legislation, as well as having regard to statutory codes of practice issued by the CCTV Commissioner and the Information Commissioner.

You should match the following criteria:

* A relevant degree, equivalent qualification or considerable experience in a data protection role.
* The post holder should be a Home Office Accredited Single Point of Contact in respect of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000 or be prepared to undertake the accreditation course.
* Expert knowledge of data protection and associated legislation 1, 4 & 5
* Detailed knowledge of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act 2000.
* Knowledge of EU data protection legislation.
* A working knowledge of equality and diversity issues.
* Detailed knowledge of local government and the services it provides. 1, 4 & 5
* A working knowledge of copyright legislation or a willingness to acquire that knowledge.
* Experience in the practical application of data protection and associated legislation. 1, 4 & 5
* Experience of working with multiple agencies including acting as a representative of their organisation. 1, 4 & 5
* Experience in the practical application of copyright legislation
* Computer literate in the office applications, including Microsoft Office and the ability to learn to use a variety of service specific applications. 1, 4 & 5
* First class communication and interpersonal skills, both oral and written when dealing with individuals including the ability to challenge views in order to influence them, including senior managers.
* Good organisational skills including the ability to assess and manage conflicting work demands, frequently reprioritising and often at short notice.
* The ability to be diplomatic and tactful, especially when dealing with difficult or distressed individuals.
* Excellent presentational skills to large and diverse audiences.

To apply please forward your CV ASAP

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