This table contains extracts and summaries of legislation using among other things the headings of paragraphs in the Schedules to the UK Data Protection Act 2018 ('DPA'). After identifying relevant paragraphs in those Schedules, users of this table should always use the DPA links provided to refer to the full text of those paragraphs, in order to identify their precise scope and to identify the 'listed GDPR provisions'. (See Summary of Data Protection Act 2018 for further explanation.)

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Item Reference       Article 38 Link
1 38. Article 38 GDPR 38
2 38. Position of the data protection officer GDPR 38
3 38.1 1. The controller and the processor shall ensure that the data protection officer is involved, properly and in a timely manner, in all issues which relate to the protection of personal data. GDPR 38
4 38.2 2. The controller and processor shall support the data protection officer in performing the tasks referred to in Article 39 by providing resources necessary to carry out those tasks and access to personal data and processing operations, and to maintain his or her expert knowledge. GDPR 38
5 38.3 3. The controller and processor shall ensure that the data protection officer does not receive any instructions regarding the exercise of those tasks. He or she shall not be dismissed or penalised by the controller or the processor for performing his tasks. The data protection officer shall directly report to the highest management level of the controller or the processor. GDPR 38
6 38.4 4. Data subjects may contact the data protection officer with regard to all issues related to processing of their personal data and to the exercise of their rights under this Regulation. GDPR 38
7 38.5 5. The data protection officer shall be bound by secrecy or confidentiality concerning the performance of his or her tasks, in accordance with Union or Member State law. GDPR 38
8 38.6 6. The data protection officer may fulfil other tasks and duties. The controller or processor shall ensure that any such tasks and duties do not result in a conflict of interests. GDPR 38
Item Reference Articles which affect Article 38 Link
Item Reference       GDPR Recitals which affect Article 38
34 Recital 97 (97) Where the processing is carried out by a public authority, except for courts or independent judicial authorities when acting in their judicial capacity, where, in the private sector, processing is carried out by a controller whose core activities consist of processing operations that require regular and systematic monitoring of the data subjects on a large scale, or where the core activities of the controller or the processor consist of processing on a large scale of special categories of personal data and data relating to criminal convictions and offences, a person with expert knowledge of data protection law and practices should assist the controller or processor to monitor internal compliance with this Regulation. In the private sector, the core activities of a controller relate to its primary activities and do not relate to the processing of personal data as ancillary activities. The necessary level of expert knowledge should be determined in particular according to the data processing operations carried out and the protection required for the personal data processed by the controller or the processor. Such data protection officers, whether or not they are an employee of the controller, should be in a position to perform their duties and tasks in an independent manner.
Item Reference       Related Guidance which affects Article 38
35 ICO guidance on Data Protection Officers Guidance
36 Article 29 Working Party Guidelines on Data protection officers Guidance
37 ICO guidance on Accountability principle Guidance
38 ICO guidance on Accountability and governance Guidance
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