EU Data Processing Addendum
PLEASE READ THIS EU DATA PROCESSING ADDENDUM (“ADDENDUM”) CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THE WEBSITE, SOFTWARE OR SERVICES OFFERED BY README.IO CO. (“README.IO” OR “PROCESSOR”). THIS ADDENDUM SHALL APPLY TO THE EXTENT README.IO IS A PROCESSOR OF PERSONAL DATA (DEFINED BELOW) THAT IS SUBJECT TO CERTAIN DATA PROTECTION LAWS (DEFINED BELOW). YOU OR THE ENTITY YOU REPRESENT AGREE THAT YOU HAVE READ AND ACCEPT THE TERMS IN THIS ADDENDUM, WHICH SUPPLEMENT README.IO’S TERMS OF SERVICE AVAILABLE AT HTTPS://README.IO/TOS/ (“TERMS OF SERVICE”).
This EU Data Processing Addendum (“Addendum”) supplements the Terms of Service whenever any user of Readme.io’s Services provides Readme.io with personal data that is or will be subject to Data Protection Laws (for purposes of this Addendum, each user who does so shall be referred to as a “Controller”). Any terms not defined in this Addendum shall have the meaning set forth in the Terms of Service. In the event of a conflict between the terms and conditions of this Addendum and the Terms of Service, the terms and conditions of this Addendum shall supersede and control.
- "Anonymous Data" means Personal Data that has been processed in such a manner that it can no longer be attributed to an identified or identifiable natural person.
- "Authorized Employee" means an employee of Processor who has a need to know or otherwise access Personal Data to enable Processor to perform their obligations under this Addendum or the Terms of Service.
- "Authorized Individual" means an Authorized Employee or Authorized Subcontractor.
- "Authorized Subcontractor" means a third-party subcontractor, agent, reseller, or auditor who has a need to know or otherwise access Personal Data to enable Processor to perform its obligations under this Addendum or the Terms of Service, and who is either (1) listed at https://readme.io/gdpr/or (2) authorized by Controller to do so under Section 4.2 of this Addendum.
- "Data Subject" means an identified or identifiable person to whom Personal Data relates.
- "Instruction" means a direction, either in writing, in textual form (e.g. by e-mail) or by using a software or online tool, issued by Controller to Processor and directing Processor to Process Personal Data.
- "Personal Data" means any information relating to Data Subject which Processor Processes on behalf of Controller other than Anonymous Data, and includes Sensitive Personal Information.
- "Personal Data Breach" means a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, personal data transmitted, stored, or otherwise processed.
- "Privacy Shield Principles" means the Swiss-U.S. and EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and Principles issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, both available at https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework.
- "Process" or "Processing" means any operation or set of operations which is performed upon the Personal Data, whether or not by automatic means, such as collection, recording, organization, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, blocking, erasure, or destruction.
- "Sensitive Personal Information" means a Data Subject’s (i) government-issued identification number (including social security number, driver’s license number or state-issued identification number); (ii) financial account number, credit card number, debit card number, credit report information, with or without any required security code, access code, personal identification number or password, that would permit access to an individual’s financial account; (iii) genetic and biometric data or data concerning health; or (iv) Personal Data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation or sexual activity, criminal convictions and offences (including commission of or proceedings for any offense committed or alleged to have been committed), or trade union membership.
- "Services" shall have the meaning set forth in the Terms of Service.
- "Standard Contractual Clauses" means the agreement executed by and between Controller and Processor and attached hereto as Exhibit B pursuant to the European Commission’s decision (C(2010)593) of February 5, 2010 on standard contractual clauses for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries which do not ensure an adequate level of protection.
- "Supervisory Authority" means an independent public authority which is established by a member state of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, or Norway.
Processing of Data
- The rights and obligations of the Controller with respect to this Processing are described herein. Controller shall, in its use of the Services, at all times Process Personal Data, and provide instructions for the Processing of Personal Data, in compliance with EU Directive 95/46/EC (the “Directive”), and, when effective, the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (the “GDPR” and together, “Data Protection Laws”)). Controller shall ensure that its instructions comply with all laws, rules and regulations applicable in relation to the Personal Data, and that the Processing of Personal Data in accordance with Controller’s instructions will not cause Processor to be in breach of the Data Protection Laws. Controller is solely responsible for the accuracy, quality, and legality of (i) the Personal Data provided to Processor by or on behalf of Controller, (ii) the means by which Controller acquired any such Personal Data, and (iii) the instructions it provides to Processor regarding the Processing of such Personal Data. Controller shall not provide or make available to Processor any Personal Data in violation of the Terms of Service or otherwise inappropriate for the nature of the Services, and shall indemnify Processor from all claims and losses in connection therewith. This Addendum does not apply to Personal Data for which Processor is a controller.
- Processor shall Process Personal Data only (i) for the purposes set forth in the Terms of Service, (ii) in accordance with the terms and conditions set forth in this Addendum and any other documented instructions provided by Controller, including with regard to transfers of personal data to a third country or an international organization, unless required to do so by Supervisory Authority to which the Processor is subject; in such a case, the Processor shall inform the Controller of that legal requirement before Processing, unless that law prohibits such information on important grounds of public interest and (iii) in compliance with the Directive, and, when effective, the GDPR. Controller hereby instructs Processor to Process Personal Data in accordance with the foregoing and as part of any Processing initiated by Controller in its use of the Services.
- The subject matter, nature, purpose, and duration of this Processing, as well as the types of Personal Data collected and categories of Data Subjects, are described in Exhibit A to this Addendum.
- Following completion of the Services, at Controller’s choice, Processor shall return or delete the Personal Data, except as required to be retained by the laws of the European Union or European Union member states. If Controller and Processor have entered into Standard Contractual Clauses as described in Section 6 (Transfers of Personal Data), the parties agree that the certification of deletion of Personal Data that is described in Clause 12(1) of the Standard Contractual Clauses shall be provided by Processor to Controller only upon Controller’s request.
- Processor shall take commercially reasonable steps to ensure the reliability and appropriate training of any Authorized Employee.
- Processor shall ensure that all Authorized Employees are made aware of the confidential nature of Personal Data and have executed confidentiality agreements that prevent them from disclosing or otherwise Processing, both during and after their engagement with Processor, any Personal Data except in accordance with their obligations in connection with the Services.
- Processor shall take commercially reasonable steps to limit access to Personal Data to only Authorized Individuals.
- Controller acknowledges and agrees that Processor may (1) engage its affiliates and the Authorized Subcontractors listed in Exhibit C to this Addendum to access and Process Personal Data in connection with the Services and (2) from time to time engage additional third parties for the purpose of providing the Services, including without limitation the Processing of Personal Data.
- A list of Processor’s current Authorized Subcontractors (the “List”) is available at https://readme.io/gdpr/ (such URL may be updated by Processor from time to time). At least ten (10) days before enabling any third party other than Authorized Subcontractors to access or participate in the Processing of Personal Data, Processor will add such third party to the List and notify Controller of that update via email. Controller may object to such an engagement in writing within ten (10) days of receipt of the aforementioned notice by Controller.
- If Controller reasonably objects to an engagement in accordance with Section 4.2, Processor shall provide Controller with a written description of commercially reasonable alternative(s), if any, to such engagement, including without limitation modification to the Services. If Processor, in its sole discretion, cannot provide any such alternative(s), or if Controller does not agree to any such alternative(s) if provided, Processor may terminate this Addendum. Termination shall not relieve Controller of any fees owed to Processor under the Terms of Service.
- If Controller does not object to the engagement of a third party in accordance with Section 4.2 within ten (10) days of notice by Processor, that third party will be deemed an Authorized Subcontractor for the purposes of this Addendum.
- Processor shall ensure that all Authorized Subcontractors have executed confidentiality agreements that prevent them from disclosing or otherwise Processing, both during and after their engagement by Processor, any Personal Data both during and after their engagement with Processor.
- Processor shall, by way of contract or other legal act under European Union or European Union member state law (including without limitation approved codes of conduct and standard contractual clauses), ensure that every Authorized Subcontractor is subject to obligations regarding the Processing of Personal Data that are no less protective than those to which the Processor is subject under this Addendum.
- Processor shall be liable to Controller for the acts and omissions of Authorized Subcontractors to the same extent that Processor would itself be liable under this Addendum had it conducted such acts or omissions.
- If Controller and Processor have entered into Standard Contractual Clauses as described in Section 6 (Transfers of Personal Data), (i) the above authorizations will constitute Controller’s prior written consent to the subcontracting by Processor of the processing of Personal Data if such consent is required under the Standard Contractual Clauses, and (ii) the parties agree that the copies of the agreements with Authorized Subcontractors that must be provided by Processor to Controller pursuant to Clause 5(j) of the Standard Contractual Clauses may have commercial information, or information unrelated to the Standard Contractual Clauses or their equivalent, removed by the Processor beforehand, and that such copies will be provided by the Processor only upon request by Controller.
Security of Personal Data
- Taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of Processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, Processor shall maintain appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk of Processing Personal Data.
Transfers of Personal Data
- Any transfer of Personal Data made subject to this Addendum from member states of the European Union, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland or the United Kingdom to any countries which do not ensure an adequate level of data protection within the meaning of the laws and regulations of these countries shall, to the extent such transfer is subject to such laws and regulations, be undertaken by Processor through one of the following mechanisms: (a) in accordance with the Swiss-U.S. and EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework and Principles issued by the U.S. Department of Commerce, both available at https://www.privacyshield.gov/EU-US-Framework (the “Privacy Shield Principles”), or (b) the Standard Contractual Clauses set forth in Exhibit B to this Addendum.
- If transfers are made pursuant to 6.1(a), Processor self-certifies to, and complies with, the Swiss-U.S. and EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Frameworks, as administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce, and shall maintain such self-certification and compliance with respect to the Processing of Personal Data transferred from member states of the European Union, Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway, or the United Kingdom (the “EEA”) or Switzerland to any countries which do not ensure an adequate level of data protection within the meaning of the laws and regulations of the foregoing countries for the duration of the Terms of Service.
Rights of Data Subjects
- Processor shall, to the extent permitted by law, promptly notify Controller upon receipt of a request by a Data Subject to exercise the Data Subject’s right of: access, rectification, restriction of Processing, erasure, data portability, restriction or cessation of Processing, withdrawal of consent to Processing, and/or objection to being subject to Processing that constitutes automated decision-making (such requests individually and collectively “Data Subject Request(s)”). If Processor receives a Data Subject Request in relation to Controller’s data, Processor will advise the Data Subject to submit their request to Controller and Controller will be responsible for responding to such request, including, where necessary, by using the functionality of the Services.
- Processor shall, at the request of the Controller, and taking into account the nature of the Processing applicable to any Data Subject Request, apply appropriate technical and organizational measures to assist Controller in complying with Controller’s obligation to respond to such Data Subject Request and/or in demonstrating such compliance, where possible, provided that (i) Controller is itself unable to respond without Processor’s assistance and (ii) Processor is able to do so in accordance with all applicable laws, rules, and regulations. Controller shall be responsible to the extent legally permitted for any costs and expenses arising from any such assistance by Processor.
Actions and Access Requests
- Processor shall, taking into account the nature of the Processing and the information available to Processor, provide Controller with reasonable cooperation and assistance where necessary for Controller to comply with its obligations under the GDPR to conduct a data protection impact assessment and/or to demonstrate such compliance, provided that Controller does not otherwise have access to the relevant information. Controller shall be responsible to the extent legally permitted for any costs and expenses arising from any such assistance by Processor.
- Processor shall, taking into account the nature of the Processing and the information available to Processor, provide Controller with reasonable cooperation and assistance with respect to Controller’s cooperation and/or prior consultation with any Supervisory Authority, where necessary and where required by the GDPR. Controller shall be responsible to the extent legally permitted for any costs and expenses arising from any such assistance by Processor.
- Processor shall maintain records sufficient to demonstrate its compliance with its obligations under this Addendum, and retain such records for a period of three (3) years after the termination of the Terms of Service. Controller shall, with reasonable notice to Processor, have the right to review, audit and copy such records at Processor’s offices during regular business hours.
- Upon Controller’s request, Processor shall, no more than once per calendar year make available for Controller’s review copies of certifications or reports demonstrating Processor’s compliance with prevailing data security standards applicable to the Processing of Controller’s Personal Data. If Controller and Processor have entered into Standard Contractual Clauses as described in Section 6 (Transfers of Personal Data), the parties agree that the audits described in Clause 5(f) and Clause 12(2) of the Standard Contractual Clauses shall be carried out in accordance with this Section 8.4.
- Processor shall immediately notify Controller if an instruction, in the Processor’s opinion, infringes the Data Protection Laws or Supervisory Authority.
- In the event of a Personal Data Breach, Processor shall, without undue delay, inform Controller of the Personal Data Breach and take such steps as Processor in its sole discretion deems necessary and reasonable to remediate such violation (to the extent that remediation is within Processor’s reasonable control).
- In the event of a Personal Data Breach, Processor shall, taking into account the nature of the Processing and the information available to Processor, provide Controller with reasonable cooperation and assistance necessary for Controller to comply with its obligations under the GDPR with respect to notifying (i) the relevant Supervisory Authority and (ii) Data Subjects affected by such Personal Data Breach without undue delay.
- The obligations described in Sections 8.5 and 8.6 shall not apply in the event that a Personal Data Breach results from the actions or omissions of Controller. Processor’s obligation to report or respond to a Personal Data Breach under Sections 8.5 and 8.6 will not be construed as an acknowledgement by Processor of any fault or liability with respect to the Personal Data Breach.
Limitation of Liability
- The total liability of each of Controller and Processor (and their respective employees, directors, officers, affiliates, successors, and assigns), arising out of or related to this Addendum, whether in contract, tort, or other theory of liability, shall not, when taken together in the aggregate, exceed the limitation of liability set forth in the Terms of Service.
Details of Processing
- Nature and Purpose of Processing: Processor will Process Personal Data as necessary to perform the Services pursuant to the Terms of Service, and as further instructed by Controller in its use of the Services.
- Duration of Processing: Subject to Section 2.4 of the Addendum, Processor will Process Personal Data for the duration of the Terms of Service, unless otherwise agreed to in writing.
- Categories of Data Subjects: Controller end-users/customers and Controller employees.
- Type of Personal Data: Contact Data (e.g. Name, Address, Email, Phone] and IP Address.
Standard Contractual Clauses
For the purposes of Article 26(2) of Directive 95/46/EC for the transfer of personal data to processors established in third countries which do not ensure an adequate level of data protection.
CONTROLLER (referred to herein as the “Data Exporter”)
README.IO (referred to herein as the “Data Importer”)
each a “party”; together “the parties”,
HAVE AGREED on the following Contractual Clauses (the Clauses) in order to adduce adequate safeguards with respect to the protection of privacy and fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals for the transfer by the data exporter to the data importer of the personal data specified in Appendix 1.
The Clauses become effective at the same time as the Addendum. If you are accessing the Services on behalf of your employer, you represent and warrant that you have the authority to agree to these terms on its behalf and the right to bind your employer thereto. If either you or your employer do not unconditionally agree to the Clauses, you have no right to use Readme.io’s Services and must navigate away from all Readme.io webpages and applications.
For the purposes of the Clauses:
- 'personal data', 'special categories of data', 'process/processing', 'controller', 'processor', 'data subject' and 'supervisory authority' shall have the same meaning as in Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data;
- 'the data exporter' means Controller;
- 'the data importer' means Processor;
- 'the subprocessor' means any processor engaged by the data importer or by any other subprocessor of the data importer who agrees to receive from the data importer or from any other subprocessor of the data importer personal data exclusively intended for processing activities to be carried out on behalf of the data exporter after the transfer in accordance with his instructions, the terms of the Clauses and the terms of the written subcontract;
- 'the applicable data protection law' means the legislation protecting the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals and, in particular, their right to privacy with respect to the processing of personal data applicable to a data controller in the Member State in which the data exporter is established;
- 'technical and organisational security measures' means those measures aimed at protecting personal data against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure or access, in particular where the processing involves the transmission of data over a network, and against all other unlawful forms of processing.
Details of the transfer
The details of the transfer and in particular the special categories of personal data where applicable are specified in Appendix 1 which forms an integral part of the Clauses.
Third-party beneficiary clause
- The data subject can enforce against the data exporter this Clause, Clause 4(b) to (i), Clause 5(a) to (e), and (g) to (j), Clause 6(1) and (2), Clause 7, Clause 8(2), and Clauses 9 to 12 as third-party beneficiary.
- The data subject can enforce against the data importer this Clause, Clause 5(a) to (e) and (g), Clause 6, Clause 7, Clause 8(2), and Clauses 9 to 12, in cases where the data exporter has factually disappeared or has ceased to exist in law unless any successor entity has assumed the entire legal obligations of the data exporter by contract or by operation of law, as a result of which it takes on the rights and obligations of the data exporter, in which case the data subject can enforce them against such entity.
- The data subject can enforce against the subprocessor this Clause, Clause 5(a) to (e) and (g), Clause 6, Clause 7, Clause 8(2), and Clauses 9 to 12, in cases where both the data exporter and the data importer have factually disappeared or ceased to exist in law or have become insolvent, unless any successor entity has assumed the entire legal obligations of the data exporter by contract or by operation of law as a result of which it takes on the rights and obligations of the data exporter, in which case the data subject can enforce them against such entity. Such third-party liability of the subprocessor shall be limited to its own processing operations under the Clauses.
- The parties do not object to a data subject being represented by an association or other body if the data subject so expressly wishes and if permitted by national law.
Obligations of the data exporter
The data exporter agrees and warrants:
- that the processing, including the transfer itself, of the personal data has been and will continue to be carried out in accordance with the relevant provisions of the applicable data protection law (and, where applicable, has been notified to the relevant authorities of the Member State where the data exporter is established) and does not violate the relevant provisions of that State;
- that it has instructed and throughout the duration of the personal data processing services will instruct the data importer to process the personal data transferred only on the data exporter's behalf and in accordance with the applicable data protection law and the Clauses;
- that the data importer will provide sufficient guarantees in respect of the technical and organisational security measures specified in Appendix 2 to this contract;
- that after assessment of the requirements of the applicable data protection law, the security measures are appropriate to protect personal data against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure or access, in particular where the processing involves the transmission of data over a network, and against all other unlawful forms of processing, and that these measures ensure a level of security appropriate to the risks presented by the processing and the nature of the data to be protected having regard to the state of the art and the cost of their implementation;
- that it will ensure compliance with the security measures;
- that, if the transfer involves special categories of data, the data subject has been informed or will be informed before, or as soon as possible after, the transfer that its data could be transmitted to a third country not providing adequate protection within the meaning of Directive 95/46/EC;
- to forward any notification received from the data importer or any subprocessor pursuant to Clause 5(b) and Clause 8(3) to the data protection supervisory authority if the data exporter decides to continue the transfer or to lift the suspension;
- to make available to the data subjects upon request a copy of the Clauses, with the exception of Appendix 2, and a summary description of the security measures, as well as a copy of any contract for subprocessing services which has to be made in accordance with the Clauses, unless the Clauses or the contract contain commercial information, in which case it may remove such commercial information;
- that, in the event of subprocessing, the processing activity is carried out in accordance with Clause 11 by a subprocessor providing at least the same level of protection for the personal data and the rights of data subject as the data importer under the Clauses; and
- that it will ensure compliance with Clause 4(a) to (i).
Obligations of the data importer
The data importer agrees and warrants:
- to process the personal data only on behalf of the data exporter and in compliance with its instructions and the Clauses; if it cannot provide such compliance for whatever reasons, it agrees to inform promptly the data exporter of its inability to comply, in which case the data exporter is entitled to suspend the transfer of data and/or terminate the contract;
- that it has no reason to believe that the legislation applicable to it prevents it from fulfilling the instructions received from the data exporter and its obligations under the contract and that in the event of a change in this legislation which is likely to have a substantial adverse effect on the warranties and obligations provided by the Clauses, it will promptly notify the change to the data exporter as soon as it is aware, in which case the data exporter is entitled to suspend the transfer of data and/or terminate the contract;
- that it has implemented the technical and organisational security measures specified in Appendix 2 before processing the personal data transferred;
- that it will promptly notify the data exporter about:
- any legally binding request for disclosure of the personal data by a law enforcement authority unless otherwise prohibited, such as a prohibition under criminal law to preserve the confidentiality of a law enforcement investigation,
- any accidental or unauthorised access, and
- any request received directly from the data subjects without responding to that request, unless it has been otherwise authorised to do so;
- to deal promptly and properly with all inquiries from the data exporter relating to its processing of the personal data subject to the transfer and to abide by the advice of the supervisory authority with regard to the processing of the data transferred;
- at the request of the data exporter to submit its data processing facilities for audit of the processing activities covered by the Clauses which shall be carried out by the data exporter or an inspection body composed of independent members and in possession of the required professional qualifications bound by a duty of confidentiality, selected by the data exporter, where applicable, in agreement with the supervisory authority;
- to make available to the data subject upon request a copy of the Clauses, or any existing contract for subprocessing, unless the Clauses or contract contain commercial information, in which case it may remove such commercial information, with the exception of Appendix 2 which shall be replaced by a summary description of the security measures in those cases where the data subject is unable to obtain a copy from the data exporter;
- that, in the event of subprocessing, it has previously informed the data exporter and obtained its prior written consent;
- that the processing services by the subprocessor will be carried out in accordance with Clause 11;
- to send promptly a copy of any subprocessor agreement it concludes under the Clauses to the data exporter.
- The parties agree that any data subject, who has suffered damage as a result of any breach of the obligations referred to in Clause 3 or in Clause 11 by any party or subprocessor is entitled to receive compensation from the data exporter for the damage suffered.
- If a data subject is not able to bring a claim for compensation in accordance with paragraph 1 against the data exporter, arising out of a breach by the data importer or his subprocessor of any of their obligations referred to in Clause 3 or in Clause 11, because the data exporter has factually disappeared or ceased to exist in law or has become insolvent, the data importer agrees that the data subject may issue a claim against the data importer as if it were the data exporter, unless any successor entity has assumed the entire legal obligations of the data exporter by contract of by operation of law, in which case the data subject can enforce its rights against such entity.
The data importer may not rely on a breach by a subprocessor of its obligations in order to avoid its own liabilities.
- If a data subject is not able to bring a claim against the data exporter or the data importer referred to in paragraphs 1 and 2, arising out of a breach by the subprocessor of any of their obligations referred to in Clause 3 or in Clause 11 because both the data exporter and the data importer have factually disappeared or ceased to exist in law or have become insolvent, the subprocessor agrees that the data subject may issue a claim against the data subprocessor with regard to its own processing operations under the Clauses as if it were the data exporter or the data importer, unless any successor entity has assumed the entire legal obligations of the data exporter or data importer by contract or by operation of law, in which case the data subject can enforce its rights against such entity. The liability of the subprocessor shall be limited to its own processing operations under the Clauses.
Mediation and jurisdiction
- The data importer agrees that if the data subject invokes against it third-party beneficiary rights and/or claims compensation for damages under the Clauses, the data importer will accept the decision of the data subject:
- to refer the dispute to mediation, by an independent person or, where applicable, by the supervisory authority;
- to refer the dispute to the courts in the Member State in which the data exporter is established.
- The parties agree that the choice made by the data subject will not prejudice its substantive or procedural rights to seek remedies in accordance with other provisions of national or international law.
Cooperation with supervisory authorities
- The data exporter agrees to deposit a copy of this contract with the supervisory authority if it so requests or if such deposit is required under the applicable data protection law.
- The parties agree that the supervisory authority has the right to conduct an audit of the data importer, and of any subprocessor, which has the same scope and is subject to the same conditions as would apply to an audit of the data exporter under the applicable data protection law.
- The data importer shall promptly inform the data exporter about the existence of legislation applicable to it or any subprocessor preventing the conduct of an audit of the data importer, or any subprocessor, pursuant to paragraph 2. In such a case the data exporter shall be entitled to take the measures foreseen in Clause 5 (b).
The Clauses shall be governed by the law of the Member State in which the data exporter is established.
Variation of the contract
The parties undertake not to vary or modify the Clauses. This does not preclude the parties from adding clauses on business related issues where required as long as they do not contradict the Clause.
- The data importer shall not subcontract any of its processing operations performed on behalf of the data exporter under the Clauses without the prior written consent of the data exporter. Where the data importer subcontracts its obligations under the Clauses, with the consent of the data exporter, it shall do so only by way of a written agreement with the subprocessor which imposes the same obligations on the subprocessor as are imposed on the data importer under the Clauses1. Where the subprocessor fails to fulfil its data protection obligations under such written agreement the data importer shall remain fully liable to the data exporter for the performance of the subprocessor's obligations under such agreement.
- The prior written contract between the data importer and the subprocessor shall also provide for a third-party beneficiary clause as laid down in Clause 3 for cases where the data subject is not able to bring the claim for compensation referred to in paragraph 1 of Clause 6 against the data exporter or the data importer because they have factually disappeared or have ceased to exist in law or have become insolvent and no successor entity has assumed the entire legal obligations of the data exporter or data importer by contract or by operation of law. Such third-party liability of the subprocessor shall be limited to its own processing operations under the Clauses.
- The provisions relating to data protection aspects for subprocessing of the contract referred to in paragraph 1 shall be governed by the law of the Member State in which the data exporter is established.
- The data exporter shall keep a list of subprocessing agreements concluded under the Clauses and notified by the data importer pursuant to Clause 5 (j), which shall be updated at least once a year. The list shall be available to the data exporter's data protection supervisory authority.
1 This requirement may be satisfied by the subprocessor co-signing the contract entered into between the data exporter and the data importer under this Decision.
Obligation after the termination of personal data processing services
- The parties agree that on the termination of the provision of data processing services, the data importer and the subprocessor shall, at the choice of the data exporter, return all the personal data transferred and the copies thereof to the data exporter or shall destroy all the personal data and certify to the data exporter that it has done so, unless legislation imposed upon the data importer prevents it from returning or destroying all or part of the personal data transferred. In that case, the data importer warrants that it will guarantee the confidentiality of the personal data transferred and will not actively process the personal data transferred anymore.
- The data importer and the subprocessor warrant that upon request of the data exporter and/or of the supervisory authority, it will submit its data processing facilities for an audit of the measures referred to in paragraph 1.
Appendix 1 to the Standard Contractual Clauses
This Appendix forms part of the Clauses.
The Member States may complete or specify, according to their national procedures, any additional necessary information to be contained in this Appendix.
Data exporter The data exporter is the Controller.
Data importer The data importer is Readme.io.
Data subjects The personal data transferred concern the following categories of data subjects : Controller end-users/customers and Controller employees.
Categories of data The personal data transferred concern the following categories of data: Contact data and IP Adderss.
Processing operations The personal data transferred will be subject to the following basic processing activities: Creating Accounts and Analytics.
Appendix 2 to the Standard Contractual Clauses
This Appendix forms part of the Clauses.
Description of the technical and organisational security measures implemented by the data importer in accordance with Clauses 4(d) and 5(c) (or document/legislation attached): Secured storage with off site backup and encryption.
ReadMe.io considers protection of Customer Data a top priority. As further described in these Security Measures, ReadMe.io uses commercially reasonable organizational and technical measures designed to prevent unauthorized access, use, alteration or disclosure of Customer Data stored on systems under ReadMe.io’s control.
- Access to Customer Data. ReadMe.io limits its personnel’s access to Customer. Data as follows:
- Requiresunique user access authorization through secure logins and passwords, including multi- factor authentication for Cloud Hosting administrator access and individually-assigned Secure Socket Shell (SSH) keys for external engineer access;
- Limits the Customer Data available to ReadMe.io personnel on a “need to know” basis;
- Restricts access to ReadMe.io’s production environment by ReadMe.io personnel on the basis of business need; and
- Encrypts user security credentials for production access.
- Data Encryption . ReadMe.io provides industry-standard encryption for Customer Data both in flight and at rest as follows:
- Customer Data is encrypted over the internet, and at rest; and
- Uses strong encryption methodologies to protect Customer Data, including AES 256-bit encryption for Customer Data stored in ReadMe.io’s production environment.
- Data Management
- ReadMe.io creates an audit trail for key verification with each integration, with user -specific integration key generation alert controls.
- ReadMe.io logically separates each of its customers’ data and maintains measures designed to prevent Customer Data from being exposed to or accessed by other customers.
- Network Security, Physical Security and Environmental Controls
- ReadMe.io uses a variety of techniques designed to detect and/or prevent unauthorized access to systems processing Customer Data, including firewalls and network access controls.
- ReadMe.io maintains measures designed to assess, test and apply security patches to all relevant systems and applications used to provide the Service.
- ReadMe.io monitors privileged access to applications that process Customer Data, including cloud services.
- The Service operates on Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) and is protected by Amazon’s security and environmental controls. Detailed information about AWS security is available at https://aws.amazon.com/security/ and http://aws.amazon.com/security/sharing-the-security-responsibility/. For AWS SOC Reports, please see https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/soc-faqs/.
- Customer Data stored within AWS is encrypted at all times.
- Independent Security Assessments. ReadMe.io periodically assesses the security of its systems and the Service as follows:
- Annual detailed security and vulnerability assessments of the Service conducted by independent third-party security experts that include a thorough code analysis. ReadMe.io shall attest to Customer the date of the most recent security and vulnerability assessment at Customer’s reasonable request.
- Annual penetration testing of ReadMe.io systems and applications to test for exploits including, but not limited to, XSS, SQL injection, access controls, and CSRF.
- Monthly vulnerability scanning, including review of any new code added to the Service.
- Incident Response. If ReadMe.io becomes aware of a Security Incident, ReadMe.io will:
- Take reasonable measures to mitigate the harmful effects of the Security Incident and prevent further unauthorized access or disclosure.
- Upon confirmation of the Security Incident, notify Customer in writing of the Security Incident without undue delay. Notwithstanding the foregoing, ReadMe.io is not required to make such notice to the extent prohibited by Laws, and ReadMe.io may delay such notice as requested by law enforcement and/or in light of ReadMe.io’s legitimate needs to investigate or remediate the matter before providing notice.
Each notice of a Security Incident will include:
- The extent to which Customer Data has been, or is reasonably believed to have been, used, accessed, acquired or disclosed during the Security Incident;
- A description of what happened, including the date of the Breach and the date of discovery of the Security Incident, if known;
- The scope of the Security Incident, to the extent known; and
- A description of ReadMe.io’s response to the Security Incident, including steps ReadMe.io has taken to mitigate the harm caused by the Security Incident.
- Business Continuity Management
- ReadMe.io maintains processes to ensure failover redundancy with its systems, networks and data storage.
- Personnel Management
- ReadMe.io performs employment verification, including proof of identity validation and criminal background checks for all new hires.
- ReadMe.io provides training for its personnel who are involved in the processing of the Customer Data to ensure they do not collect, process or use Customer Data without authorization and that they keep Customer Data confidential.
- ReadMe.io conducts routine and random monitoring of employee systems activity.
- Upon employee termination, whether voluntary or involuntary, ReadMe.io immediately disables all access to critical and noncritical systems, including ReadMe.io’s physical facilities.
Controller acknowledges and agrees that the following entities shall be deemed Authorized Subcontractors that may Process Personal Data pursuant to this Addendum:
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