Who can use this Data Processor Appointment?
This Data Processor Agreement is for use by a company or organisation that wants to appoint an outsider as data processor.
What is this contract for?
This data processor appointment is for use by an organisation which wants support in handling/processing personal data. Under the Data Protection Act 2018 and the European GDPR, there are numerous obligations on organisations with regard to data protection and outsourcing to a suitable company can be useful.
Written from the data controller’s perspective, the Data Processor Agreement comprises a one-page Form of Agreement, Terms and Conditions, plus Schedules to be completed detailing the Services, Fees, and Insurance.
ContractStore has other relevant documents dealing with GDPR and data protection
What are the main issues?
The legal duties of a data processor are spelt out in some detail in the legislation and a Data Processor Appointment should reflect these duties in its wording. So the agreement will refer in various places to the GDPR and/or Data Protection Act.
Scope of services. The agreement needs to clearly define the scope of the data processor’s role and the client will want to reserve the right review and inspect the services stop
Variations probably need to be covered as these can affect the data processor’s role as well as the fee arrangements.
There can be serious penalties as well as potential claims form individuals for a company which has a data breach. So the agreement needs to have clear wording under which the processor is going to be responsible for ensuring there is no infringement of the law and to make good the company’s losses if the processor is responsible for a data breach. This is likely to involve insurance claims and therefore the agreement needs a clause requiring the data processor to maintain adequate professional indemnity insurance.
What detailed terms does the contract contain?
The Terms and Conditions contain 18 clauses covering:
- scope of contract
- data processor’s obligations
- review and inspections
- price and payment
- intellectual property
- indemnity, liability and insurance
- assignment and subcontracting
- disputes and governing law
- general clause
For more information on each of these sections, see our Explanatory Notes which you will receive when you download the document from our website.
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