(1) The public body 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.
(2) The public body shall support the data protection officer in performing the tasks referred to in Section 7 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.
(3) The public body shall ensure that the data protection officer does not receive any instructions regarding the exercise of those tasks. The data protection officer shall directly report to the highest management level of the public body. The data protection officer shall not be dismissed or penalized by the public body for performing his or her tasks.
(4) The dismissal of the data protection officer shall be permitted only by applying Section 626 of the Civil Code accordingly. The data protection officer’s employment shall not be terminated unless there are facts which give the public body just cause to terminate without notice. After the activity as data protection officer has ended, the data protection officer may not be terminated for a year following the end of appointment, unless the public body has just cause to terminate without notice.
(5) 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 Regulation (EU) 2016/679, this Act and other data protection legislation. The data protection officer shall be bound by secrecy concerning the identity of data subjects and concerning circumstances enabling data subjects to be identified, unless they are released from this obligation by the data subject.
(6) Where in the course of their activities data protection officers become aware of data for which the head of a public body or a person employed by such a body has the right to refuse to give evidence for employment-related reasons, this right shall also apply to the data protection officer and his or her assistants. The person to whom the right to refuse to give evidence applies for employment-related reasons shall decide whether to exercise this right unless it is impossible to effect such a decision in the foreseeable future. Where the right of the data protection officer to refuse to give evidence applies, his or her files and other documents shall not be subject to seizure.