International Corporate Compliance, Second Edition
Elgar Practical Guides
Chapter 2: Starting a compliance program
Someone needs to be in charge. If your business is a one-person sole proprietorship, then you are in charge. In larger organizations, there are typically a number of individual candidates or departments that could take charge of data privacy compliance, including lawyers, information technology staff, human resources and internal audit personnel. Each of these groups tend to have different approaches, strengths and limitations. Here are some factors to consider as you look for the right person or team: (a) In-house attorneys in corporate legal departments usually take an advisory role and inform others in the organization what applicable laws require, including data privacy laws. Depending on company culture and individual styles, the legal department may advise proactively or upon request. Lawyers are trained to interpret and apply laws, including data privacy laws, but not all lawyers are technology-savvy or good project managers.
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