China’s Data Protection Officers have become the most wanted personnel in the country, but what is the reason for this? The new laws of Beijing indicate that this job has become the fundamental pillar of a company – regardless of its size.
Salaries are increasing as organizations begin to demand these profiles, however, it is recalled that they carry a great responsibility because if there is a data leak, these employees can lead to harsh consequences such as a complaint and even years in prison .
Next Monday, November 8, the ‘China Information Protection Law’ comes into force with features very similar to the General European Data Protection Regulation, in addition, Chinese web pages must have the prior consent of users before their data is stored on the Internet .
These managers must take care of the entire life cycle of the data, from its collection, generation, use, storage and later its destruction. On the other hand, companies require that staff have technology skills, experience in government relations, and an understanding of data laws.
What if they don’t do their duty?
They could be blacklisted by professionals in the event of a breach , such as illegal obtaining of information or leaking confidential data. To show that everything is protected, they are required to submit security reports .
It is important to mention that the work pressure is enhanced by the uncertainty about how companies should operate with this new law, although for now, these entities have some flexibility to adapt to changes.