The European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) took effect on May 25, 2018 and affected SpotMe’s and our customers’ business operations. More information on GDPR can be found on http://europa.eu/dataprotection.
As compliance with data protection legislation is crucial for SpotMe’s and our customers’ businesses, SpotMe has taken the following steps with regard to the data processing operations SpotMe carries out in light of the changing privacy legislation framework:
- External Data Protection Officer appointed by SpotMe; Dr. Christian Rauda is SpotMe Data Protection Officer and can be contacted on email@example.com
- Detailed Data Breach Notification Policy, Regulatory Request Procedure and other privacy-related policies and procedures compliant with the GDPR requirements;
- Maintenance of up-to-date records of SpotMe data processing activities;
- Privacy awareness training for SpotMe staff;
- Collaboration between SpotMe privacy team and SpotMe engineering team supporting the privacy-by-design concept;
- Technical and operational processes in place to ensure data subjects’ rights under GDPR can be met, e.g. right to be forgotten or full workspace deletion (ensured through remote data wipe options & certified data deletion option);
- Implemented Technical and Organizational Measures in line with the GDPR requirements for the purposes of assuring the security of the data processing activities carried out by SpotMe on behalf of its customers;
- Data hosting in the jurisdiction of client’s choice: European Union, United States, and Singapore.
All above assertions are the subject of specific controls contained in the SpotMe SOC2 report (Report on SpotMe Holding SA Description of its SpotMe Enterprise Engagement Platform System and on the Suitability of the Design of Controls Relevant to the Security, Availability, Confidentiality and Privacy Principles.) Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on GDPR or, if you are a SpotMe client, to request a copy of the SpotMe SOC2 report.
If you are a SpotMe client, you do need to undertake the following two steps to implement GDPR for your apps:
- Execute a Data Processing Agreement (DPA)
Please contact your SpotMe account manager if you require any assistance.
Data Processing Agreement (DPA)
In fulfillment of the initiated GDPR implementation, effective March 31, 2018, SpotMe bundled a GDPR-compliant Data Processing Addendum with its Contractual Documents; For any service agreement entered into prior to March 31, 2018 and where applicable, SpotMe worked with its customers to enter into a separate GDPR-compliant Data Processing Addendum. The execution of such Addendum is for the mutual benefit of both SpotMe and its customers and would contribute to our successful partnership.
Your legal team may request a Data Processing Agreement (DPA) for SpotMe processing activities. A pre-signed DPA can be requested from your SpotMe account manager.
Privacy Shield Ruling by the European Court of Justice
On July 16, 2020 the Court of Justice of the EU adopted a Decision pursuant to which Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2016/1250 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield was declared invalid, whereas Commission Decision 2010/87/EU on standard contractual clauses (SCCs) for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries should be considered valid.
The ECJ’s judgement already has a serious impact on personal data processing rules. Following the decision, the US government declared that they would continue to administer the Privacy Shield Framework program but it is likely to turn to SCCs as an alternative transfer mechanism. In any case, Privacy Shield certified companies should consider other ways to transfer personal data to the US, as the certification held is no longer a valid ground for such transfers.
In the light of the above, SpotMe took the necessary steps to ensure that all personal data transfers to the US are covered by a valid transfer mechanism and executed SCCs with all of its Customers and Sub-Processors based in the US. Pursuant to SpotMe’s intra-group Data Processing Agreement, personal data transfers between SpotMe’s affiliates established in third countries are also covered by SCCs. Thus, SpotMe ensured full compliance in the first instance with most recent personal data processing legal provisions.
SpotMe follows up closely the developments of personal data transfer requirements and is ready to take action in the event further changes to the above-mentioned regulations occur.
If you are an existing customer, and you are using a standard SpotMe Data Processing Agreement, you do not need to take any action at this stage. If SpotMe has reasons to believe that your current data processing agreements require an update, you will be contacted by your Account Manager. Likewise, if you have reasons to believe that your current Data Processing Agreements require an update, please contact your Account Manager.
GDPR In a Nutshell
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