The Data Protection Officer job is exciting. It can also be stressful, due to a heavy workload, a lack of resources, insufficient support, or tensions with certain business departments or even with the data controller itself. But there are situations where the DPO is under so much pressure that he or she loses self-confidence, abdicates his or her independence, finds himself or herself isolated, pushed to leave, or even is dismissed. Some of them even fall into depression.
Based on the study of emblematic cases, the author attempts to list the various root causes and to identify the lessons that can be drawn from them: what can be done to avoid reaching this point, and how do we manage these situations when they occur?