SaaS, ASP Agreements – FAQs – Security

What data security provisions need to be included in a SaaS agreement? Customer’s Security Obligations – These should be set out in the software licence. Access to the software and services should not be permitted to third parties without prior authorisation from the supplier. The customer should provide the following warranties:
– existence of adequate security measure to ensure access to the software and services does not breach the terms of the SaaS agreement

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SaaS, ASP Agreements – FAQs – Software Licence

The software licence to be included in a SaaS agreement is very different from the standard software licence found in non-SaaS agreements for the following reasons. Access to the software is provided together with support and maintenance services. Without support and maintenance there can be no licence and vice versa. This is because the customer has no copy (physical or intangible) of the source code or object code. The software is installed on the supplier’s server and accessed by the customer via the Internet.

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SaaS, ASP Agreements – FAQs – Escrow

When negotiating a SaaS agreement you may come across the term escrow. What is escrow and is an escrow agreement necessary? Under the terms of a SaaS agreement you do not own or have any rights to the software (which includes the source code) that you are accessing. This is usually not an issue until technical problems arise, i.e. unexpected service interruptions, downtime, loss of application functionality and loss of data. This can add significant costs to your business and you are dependent upon the supplier to resolve these issues, unless you have an escrow agreement in place.

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SaaS, ASP Agreements – Source Code and Object Code

When negotiating a SaaS agreement you will come across the terms source code and object code. What is the difference between source code and object code? Source code is the version of a computer programme that exists prior to the software being ready to compile and run on a computer. The source code consists of a number of statements created in a text form by a programmer.

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SaaS, ASP Agreements – FAQs – Data Protection

Data protection issues must be adequately covered in any SaaS agreement to protect both the supplier and the customer. Data Protection Act 1998. The Act applies to the processing of personal data, for example name/email addresses, dates of birth, national insurance number of any living individual.

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Website Legal Requirements – Ecommerce

About Us/Contact Information. You must provide the following information in an easily accessible position on your web site:

* your legal name i.e. XYZ Ltd
* your geographical address
* contact details i.e. telephone number, fax number and email address
* which country your business is registered in and the registration number
* details of any supervisory body which regulates your business i.e. the FSA. For regulated bodies more detailed information is required.
* where you are registered for VAT and your VAT number
* clear details of prices and whether or not delivery and/or tax is included

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