SaaS Agreements – FAQs – Restricted Transfers

Restricted transfers are a type of international data transfer to which special rules apply. SaaS suppliers and SaaS customers are responsible for complying with the relevant rules when making or permitting restricted transfers of personal data to their suppliers, customers, sub-processors, group companies and partners.

What is an international data transfer?

An international data transfer occurs when personal data is sent or transmitted from one country to another.

This includes:

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SaaS Agreements – Data Protection: UK-US Data Bridge

On Friday the 22nd of September the UK agreed its own transfer mechanism which can be used instead of UK standard contractual clauses.

From the 12 October 2023, SaaS Suppliers and SaaS Customers can start to transfer UK personal data to entities located in the USA provided that the US entity is certified under the new “UK Extension to the EU-US Data Privacy Framework” (UK-US Data Bridge).

This now means that all transfers of UK personal data made to US companies certified under the UK-US Data Bridge by SaaS companies will be deemed to be to a third country that has adequate data protection laws.

Once a US organisation has been certified and is publicly placed on the DPF List they can receive EU personal data through the DPF.

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SaaS Agreements – Data Protection – Restricted Transfers

SaaS suppliers and SaaS customers currently have to comply with complicated rules and include onerous obligations in their SaaS agreements, data processing agreements and data privacy practices to lawfully make restricted transfers of personal data when proving SaaS services. Before making any restricted transfers of personal data, SaaS suppliers must ensure that the specific safeguards required under the UK GDPR and the EU GDPR are in place.

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SaaS Agreements – Data Protection – Does your DPA and Sub-Processor List need updating?

Meta were fined 1.2 billion Euros for breaches of EU data protection law and for transferring personal data of EU users to the US despite, using standard contractual clauses, (SCCs), having in place supplemental measures and carrying out data transfer impact assessments, (DTIAs). Google has also been pursued in various EU member states for similar breaches.

In light of these decisions, SaaS suppliers should review their own data protection practices and documentation to ensure that they are up to date and comply with the current rules.

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