GDPR Roles – Where Does Your Organization Start? The most common questions we’re hearing related to GDPR have to do with roles – what role does my organization play? Are we a data controller or data processor? Joint controller? Controller-processor? Where should we start in our journey towards GDPR compliance? This can be a confusing aspect of compliance, but GDPR requirements depend on roles, so determining what role your organization plays sets the groundwork for determining which GDPR requirements apply to you.