Hello there !
I have here an interesting question from a colleague, and to answer it, I would have liked to have had your opinion.
An organization happens to have an external DPO who is also an experienced IT specialist. This organization would like to be able to call on the skills of this DPO to carry out IT maintenance (no sale of equipment, products or licenses, just advice and service). The question that arises, is this a situation of conflict of interest? If so, what measures can be taken to avoid this situation, or is it blocking?
In my interpretation, a situation of conflict of interest for a DPO arises when he decides on the objectives and means of implementation of a treatment. This person being external to the organization, he does not participate in the decision-making of the objectives and purposes, but on the other hand in the means of implementation. In addition, there is no supply of material, but only labor time at a fixed rate.
What is your opinion on this issue? What possible measures could be taken to allow this situation? Or, on the contrary, is a conflict of interest inevitable and this person cannot therefore perform computer maintenance services ?
Thanks by advance !