Sheetgo’s GDPR Guide
This guide hopes to offer some helpful insight and practical steps for organizations as they become compliant with the General Data Protection Regulation, otherwise known as the GDPR.
What is the GDPR?
The GDPR is a European Union regulation that establishes a new framework for handling and protecting the personal data of EU-based residents. It came into effect on May 25th, 2018 to build upon and modernize existing EU Data Protection and Privacy rules and it replaced them with one single set of rules which govern how personal information is collected and processed. It also specifically addresses the export of personal data of EU citizens outside the EU, and sets clear guidelines for companies who operate between the EU and other global markets with different legal structures and approaches to data transfer and its commercial use. It aims to strengthen personal data protection in Europe, and impacts the way we all do business.
The GDPR lays out specific requirements for businesses and organizations who are established in Europe or who serve users in Europe. Among other things, it: Regulates how businesses can collect, use, and store personal data; Builds upon current documentation and reporting requirements to increase accountability; Authorizes fines on businesses who fail to meet its requirements. We’re sure you have many questions, and we’re here to help. Sheetgo takes a customer-centric approach on data protection, control, and compliance, and we want to be a key facilitator on your GDPR journey.
Compliance with the GDPR is a top priority for Sheetgo and our customers. Sheetgo’s Legal, Privacy and Security teams have carefully analyzed the GDPR and have undertook the necessary steps to ensure that we comply, we met the requirements of the GDPR. Of course, every organization’s journey to GDPR compliance is different. It depends on, among other factors, company size, the types and amount of data it processes, and its current security and privacy measures.
What are your obligations under the GDPR?
It is important to remember that you, as the user and the data controller, have specific legal obligations under the GDPR. You should be confident that any providers (data processors) which you work with have a highly robust approach to data protection, understand the obligations of the GDPR, and are well prepared to meet them.
The GDPR does not impose a requirement for personal data to remain within the EU. In fact, the GDPR permits the transfer of personal data to non-EU countries in line with a number of recognized methods, including standard contractual clauses and frameworks such as the EU-US Privacy Shield. Under GDPR data can be hosted and processed in non-EU countries as long as you, or your providers who transfer data on your behalf, have one of the necessary transfer mechanisms in place.
GDPR: Key changes
The GDPR brings with it a shift in mindset. It expressly introduces several principles that previously underpinned data protection law, such as the “accountability principle” and “privacy by design,” and encourages organizations to take more responsibility for protecting the personal data they handle.
- Privacy by design: This means that organizations handling personal data need to think about data protection when designing systems, not just review privacy implications after a product or process is developed. If you process a lot of data or deal with sensitive information, in many cases you’ll also need to conduct data protection impact assessments to meet the privacy by design principle.
- User rights: The GDPR expands the existing set of user rights and creates several entirely new rights. Companies should review and ensure they have effective systems in place to give effect to these rights.
- Tougher breach notification rules: Under the GDPR, organizations are required to have a strong breach notification system in place and understand their specific reporting obligations.
- Accountability: Not only must your company adhere to the principles set out in the GDPR, but you must also demonstrate that compliance in line with the principle of accountability. This requires a comprehensive and clear internal privacy governance structure.
- Data protection officer: The GDPR requires companies that engage in processing of EU user data to determine if they should appoint a Data Protection Officer. Companies that routinely process large volumes of information or particularly sensitive information should consider appointing a DPO.
Getting ready for the GDPR
Your road to GDPR compliance
Sheetgo has met the requirements of the GDPR. However you should also be working to assess your readiness now that the deadline has passed. Personal data plays a huge part in society and the economy. It is essential that people have—and know they have—control and clarity over how their data is used and protected by any organization they interact with, and that organizations are given clear guidelines to protect their personal data. Organizations established in the EU and processing personal data of EU-based individuals are required to comply with the GDPR since May 25, 2018. The GDPR updates and harmonizes the framework for processing personal data in the European Union, and brings with it new obligations for organizations and new rights for individuals. Many organizations, large and small, are now prepared for the new regulation.
What you can do
What are your responsibilities as a customer?
Sheetgo customers will typically act as the data controller for any personal content they provide to Sheetgo via their use of Sheetgo services. The data controller determines the purposes and means of processing personal data. Then there’s the data processor. That’s typically us. As a data processor, Sheetgo processes personal data on behalf of the data controller when the controller is using the G Suite Add-on, Google Sheets Add-on or Sheetgo Web Platform.
What is a data controller?
Data controllers are responsible for implementing appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure and demonstrate that any data processing is performed in compliance with the GDPR. Controllers’ obligations relate to principles such as lawfulness, fairness and transparency, purpose limitation, data minimisation, and accuracy, as well as fulfilling data subjects’ rights with respect to their data.
You can find guidance related to your responsibilities under the GDPR, by regularly checking your national or lead data protection authority websites and publications by privacy associations such as the European Data Protection Officers (EUDPO) We will also ensure that this GDPR page and our GDPR Resource Center are updated with the latest news and updates.
This site is intended to help our customers better understand Sheetgo’s GDPR stance. We recommend that you consult with a legal expert to obtain guidance on the specific requirements applicable to your organization, as this site does not constitute legal advice.
Where should you start?
As a customer of Sheetgo, GDPR should be a part of your data protection compliance strategy. Consider these tips:
- Familiarize yourself with the provisions of the GDPR
- Create an updated inventory of personal data that you handle. You can use some of our tools to help identify and classify data.
- Review your current controls, policies, and processes for managing and protecting data with the GDPR’s requirements. Find the gaps and create a plan to address them.
- Consider how you can leverage the existing data protection features on Sheetgo as part of your own regulatory compliance framework
- We recommend you to seek independent legal advice or to ask your national data protection authority to determine the appropriate measures for your organization.
Sheetgo is GDPR ready
We’re committed to protecting your personal data. Like many of our customers, at Sheetgo we actively prepared for the GDPR.
At Sheetgo, trust is the foundation of our relationship with thousands of people and businesses around the world. Respect for privacy and security was built into our business from the beginning. As we’ve grown, our focus on handling and protecting the data our customers entrust to us has remained a top priority.
Our Legal, Privacy and Security teams have carefully scrutinized the GDPR, and have taken the necessary steps to identify where we need to comply and where any changes need to be made. We achieved full compliance before May 2018, and are committed to helping our customers prepare for their obligations.
How does Sheetgo comply with the GDPR?
Among other things, data controllers are required to only use data processors that provide sufficient guarantees to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures in such a manner that processing will meet the requirements of the GDPR. When conducting your assessment of Sheetgo services, you may want to consider the following:
Expert Knowledge, Reliability & Resources
Data Protection Expertise
Sheetgo employs security and privacy professionals that include some of the world’s foremost experts in information, application, and network security. This expert team is tasked with maintaining the company’s defense systems, developing security review processes, building stronger security infrastructure, and precisely implementing Sheetgo’s security policies. Sheetgo also employs an extensive team of lawyers, regulatory compliance experts, and public policy specialists who look after privacy and security compliance for Sheetgo. These teams work with customers, industry stakeholders, and supervisory authorities to ensure our Sheetgo services can help customers meet their compliance needs.
Data Protection Commitments
Data Processing Agreements
Our data processing agreements for Sheetgo clearly articulate our privacy commitment to customers. We have evolved these terms over the years based on feedback from our customers and regulators.
More recently, we have specifically updated these terms to reflect the GDPR, and have made these updated available well in advance of the entry into force of the GDPR to facilitate our customers’ compliance assessment and GDPR readiness when using Sheetgo Cloud services.
Processing According to Instructions
Personnel Confidentiality Commitments
All Sheetgo employees are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and complete mandatory confidentiality and privacy trainings, as well as our Code of Conduct training. Sheetgo’s Code of Conduct specifically addresses responsibilities and expected behavior with respect to the protection of information.
Use of Subprocessors
Sheetgo engage some third-party vendors to assist in supporting these services. Each vendor goes through a rigorous selection process to ensure it has the required technical expertise and can deliver the appropriate level of security and privacy.
Security of the Services
According to the GDPR, appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be implemented to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk.
Sheetgo operates a global infrastructure designed to provide state-of-the-art security through the entire information processing lifecycle. This infrastructure is built to provide secure deployment of services, secure storage of data with end-user privacy safeguards, secure communications between services, secure and private communication with customers over the Internet, and safe operation by administrators. Sheetgo run on this infrastructure.
We designed the security of our infrastructure in layers that build upon one another, from the physical security of data centers, to the security protections of our hardware and software, to the processes we use to support operational security. This layered protection creates a strong security foundation for everything we do.
Availability, Integrity & Resilience
Sheetgo designs the components of our platform to be highly redundant. Sheetgo’s data centers are geographically distributed to minimize the effects of regional disruptions on global products such as natural disasters and local outages. In the event of hardware, software, or network failure, services are automatically and instantly shifted from one facility to another so that operations can continue without interruption. Our highly redundant infrastructure helps customers protect themselves from data loss.
Sheetgo conducts disaster recovery testing on an annual basis to provide a coordinated venue for infrastructure and application teams to test communication plans, fail-over scenarios, operational transition, and other emergency responses. All teams that participate in the disaster recovery exercise develop testing plans and post mortems which document the results and lessons learned from the tests.
Sheetgo uses encryption to protect data in transit and at rest. Data in transit is protected using HTTPS, which is activated by default for all users. Sheetgo services encrypt customer content stored at rest, without any action required from customers, using one or more encryption mechanisms.
For Sheetgo employees, access rights and levels are based on job function and role, using the concepts of least-privilege and need-to-know to match access privileges to defined responsibilities. Requests for additional access follow a formal process that involves a request and an approval from a data or system owner, manager, or other executives, as dictated by Sheetgo’s security policies.
We scan for software vulnerabilities using a combination of commercially available and purpose-built in-house tools, intensive automated and manual penetration testing, quality assurance processes, software security reviews, and external audits.
Data Return & Deletion
Document Owners can export customer data, via the functionality of the Sheetgo services (consult Sheetgo documentation for further information), at any time during the term of the agreement. We have included data export commitments in our data processing terms for years, and updated them to reflect the GDPR. We are continuously working to enhance the robustness of the data export capabilities and make it even easier to download a copy of your business’ data securely from Sheetgo services.
You can also delete customer data, via the functionality of the Sheetgo services, at any time. When Sheetgo receives a complete deletion instruction from you, Sheetgo will delete the relevant customer data from all of its systems unless retention obligations apply.
Assistance to the Controller
Data Subject’s Rights
Data controllers can use Sheetgo administrative consoles and services functionality to help access, rectify, restrict the processing of, or delete any data that they and their users put into our systems. This functionality will help them fulfill their obligations to respond to requests from data subjects to exercise their rights under the GDPR.
Data Protection Team
Sheetgo has designated a DPO, to cover data processing subject to the GDPR. European Data Protection Officers, S.L., represented by Mr. Carlos Mateo Enseñat will serve as Sheetgo’s Data Protection Officer.
Sheetgo has provided contractual commitments around incident notification for many years. We will continue to promptly inform you of incidents involving your customer data in line with the data incident terms in our GDPR-updated agreements and terms.
International Data Transfers
The GDPR provides for several mechanisms to facilitate transfers of personal data outside of the EU. These mechanisms are aimed at confirming an adequate level of protection or ensuring the implementation of appropriate safeguards when personal data is transferred to a third country.
Appropriate safeguards can be provided for by model contract clauses. An adequate level of protection can be confirmed by adequacy decisions such as the ones that supports the EU-U.S. Privacy Shields.
We contractually commit under our current data processing agreements to maintain a mechanism that facilitates transfers of personal data outside of the EU as required by the GDPR. We have also gained confirmation of compliance from European Data Protection Authorities for our model contract clauses, affirming that our contractual commitments for Sheetgo fully meet the requirements to legally frame transfers of personal data from the EU to the rest of the world.
We hope you see value in these changes as we continue to improve your Sheetgo experience and in a way that meets our commitment as a company, a commitment to defending and protecting your privacy.