On October 11, 2018, the French data protection authority (the “CNIL”) announced that it adopted two referentials (i.e. , guidelines) on the certification of the data protection officer (“DPO”). Both referentials are intended to apply to DPOs located in France. They include a certification referential that sets forth the conditions regarding the admissibility of DPO applications, and lists 17 qualifications that the DPO must have in order to be certified as a DPO by a certification body approved by the CNIL; and
an accreditation referential that outlines the criteria organizations must satisfy in order to be accredited by the CNIL as certification bodies.