SaaS Agreements – GDPR – EU-US Privacy Shield Invalid

On the 16th of July 2020 the EU-US Privacy Shield was ruled invalid with immediate effect by the European Court of (“CJEU”). The steps that SaaS suppliers now need to take depend on the scale and type of international data flows and the transfer mechanisms used. If you rely solely upon the EU-US Privacy Shield for transfers to the US, you must replace the Privacy Shield with the EU Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses (“SCCs”).

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SaaS Agreements – Brexit – Transition Period

Brexit has now taken place and the UK has left the EU. However until the end of the transition period the UK is still treated as being part of the EU to enable an EU trade deal to be negotiated. This means that although SaaS suppliers and SaaS customers can continue to lawfully process and transfer personal data between the EU and the UK until the expiry of the transition period on the 31st of December 2020, SaaS suppliers and SaaS customers still need to take action now to amend existing documents to reflect that fact that the UK is no longer part of the EU.

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SaaS Agreements – FAQs – Personal Data

It is essential for SaaS providers and SaaS customers to understand what consitutes personal data to ensure that they comply with their respective legal obligations when acting as data controllers and/or data processors. What is Personal Data? Articles 4(1) of the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR“) defines personal data as:

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SaaS Agreements – GDPR – Local Derogations

The General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) now applies to all SaaS customers and SaaS companies collecting or processing the personal data of individuals located within the EU. SaaS suppliers and SaaS customers must comply with the terms the GDPR. SaaS suppliers and SaaS customers should be aware that the GDPR does not however fully harmonise data protection law throughout the EU, as each EU country may introduce their own requirements in certain instances (“derogations”) under their own local data protection laws.

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SaaS Agreements – GDPR – Data Processing Agreement

Since the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on the 25th of May 2018, SaaS suppliers and SaaS customers are legally obliged to include a written data processing agreement (DPA) in the terms of their SaaS agreements. The DPA usually forms a schedule to the SaaS agreement and must include the specific and detailed mandatory obligations set out in the GDPR. SaaS suppliers should use their own DPA and resist any attempt by a SaaS customer to have them sign up to the SaaS customer’s DPA for the following reasons.

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