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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SaaS Agreement – FAQs -What is a SLA and Essential Terms to include in a SLA

A SLA forms part of a SaaS agreement. The SLA can be contained in a separate schedule to the SaaS agreement, or included in the main terms and conditions of the SaaS agreement. An SLA sets out:

Details about the availability of the software and services;
Technical details about hosting; and
Details about support and maintenance services for the software.

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SaaS Agreements – FAQs – What is SaaS and Essential Terms to include in a SaaS Agreement

SaaS is the abbreviation for “software as a service”. You may know this under another name, for example subscription agreement, software on demand, software subscription agreement, cloud computing or ASP services (application service provider). These names all refer to the same thing – software being made available via the Internet to users.

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SaaS Agreements – Terms and Conditions – Data Processing Agreement

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) UK SaaS suppliers currently have limited obligations to SaaS customers when processing personal data as part of their SaaS services. However, from the 25th of May 2018 the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will impose numerous new data processing obligations on SaaS suppliers. In particular, the obligation for SaaS suppliers to enter into a written data processing agreement with SaaS customers and sub-contractors.

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SaaS Agreements – SLA – Terms to Include

The above is a general guide to the terms to include in a SLA for a SaaS agreement. The degree of detail that you provide will largely depend upon the following:

The type of SaaS products and services you are supplying;
How much the customer pays for the SaaS product and services;
Whether the SaaS product is business critical i.e. online banking;
What is standard in that particular business area.

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SaaS Agreements – SLA – Data Backup

When providing SaaS services you must specify in your SaaS agreement who is responsible for the backup/loss of customer data. The extent of your backup duties should be included in the service level agreement (SLA) and these will be dependent on a number of factors set out below.

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SaaS Agreements – SLA – Security Issues

As a SaaS supplier you will have noticed the increasing concerns about security voiced by SaaS customers. Your SaaS agreement should provide comfort to your customer by including security provisions in the service level agreement (SLA). The specifc matters covered will depend on a number of factors set out below.

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Cloud based Software, Cloud based Technologies, Cloud based Services

If things go wrong, your data is lost and your customers start to move to your competitors – making a claim for breach of contract will not repair the damage already sustained to your finances and business reputation. These issues should be dealt with upfront, as part of the commercial negotiation process, with the assistance of an experienced specialist SaaS lawyer. Thereby your interests can be adequately covered to minimise the risks of the above scenario occurring.

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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 Agreements – SLAs – Essential Elements

Customers thinking of purchasing software delivered via the Internet (SAAS) are often unaware of what terms should be included. Jargon in the SLA can seem like a foreign language. Customers often tend to simply accept the SLA provided by the supplier, rather than struggle to understand it.

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