DPO is an acronym for Data Protection Officer. A DPO is a person who is given formal responsibility for data protection compliance within an organisation.
Under the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), some organisations will be required to appoint a DPO. When appointed, the GDPR prescribes a framework around the roles and responsibilities of the DPO. But it is important to note that not all organisations will have to appoint DPOs and that the DPOs themselves will not personally be responsible for an organisations non-compliance with the GDPR. Data protection compliance is ultimately the responsibility of the controller or processor of the personal data.