Data Processing Addendum

Updated 13th January, 2021

This Data Processing Addendum (“DPA”) is incorporated into and forms a part of the agreement between Oyster HR, Inc. (“Oyster“) and Customer Company that governs Customer Company’s access to and use of the Oyster’s Services (“Agreement”). All capitalized terms that are not expressly defined in this DPA will have the meanings given to them in the Agreement.

Roles of Parties

Joint and Separate Controllers. Oyster HR, Inc. (“Oyster”) enables customer companies to hire workers internationally. At times, Oyster uses local employers of record (“EOR”) to assist in the provision of employment services.  In order to provide these services, Oyster, Customer Company, and local EORs collect and determine the purposes and means of processing of Customer Company and User’s Personal Data, as well as exporting and importing the personal data.  Therefore, for ease of administration, each party to this Data Processing Addendum agrees and undertakes to enter this business relationship as joint and separate controllers, both importing and exporting data.  Each party is solely responsible for its compliance with Data Protection Laws applicable to it and for fulfilling any of its related obligations to third parties, including Data Subjects and Supervisory Authorities. Specifically each party is solely responsible for the accuracy of and the legality of the means by which it acquires and transfers Personal Data and each party will ensure that it has all necessary appropriate consents and notices in place to enable lawful collection and transfer of the Personal Data to the other parties for the duration of the Agreement.

Definitions

For the purposes of the Clauses:

(a) ‘personal data’, ‘special categories of data/sensitive data’, ‘process/processing’, ‘controller’, ‘processor’, ‘data subject’ and ‘supervisory authority’ shall have the same meaning as in Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council of 24 October 1995 on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data;

(b) ‘the data exporter’ shall mean the controller who transfers the personal data;

(c) ‘the data importer’ shall mean the controller who agrees to receive from the data exporter personal data for further processing in accordance with the terms of these clauses and who is not subject to a third country’s system ensuring adequate protection;

(d) ‘the sub-processor’ means any processor engaged by the data importer or by any other sub-processor of the data importer who agrees to receive from the data importer or from any other sub-processor of the data importer personal data exclusively intended for processing activities to be carried out on behalf of the data exporter after the transfer in accordance with his instructions, the terms of the clauses and the terms of the written subcontract;

(d) “Clauses” shall mean these contractual clauses, which are a free-standing document that does not incorporate commercial business terms established by the parties under separate commercial arrangements.

The details of the transfer (as well as the personal data covered) are specified in Annex B, which forms an integral part of the clauses.

Clause I. Obligations of the Data Exporter

The data exporter warrants and undertakes that:

(a) The personal data have been collected, processed and transferred in accordance with the laws applicable to the data exporter.

(b) It has used reasonable efforts to determine that the data importer is able to satisfy its legal obligations under these clauses.

(c) It will provide the data importer, when so requested, with copies of relevant data protection laws or references to them (where relevant, and not including legal advice) of the country in which the data exporter is established.

(d) It will respond to enquiries from data subjects and the authority concerning processing of the personal data by the data importer, unless the parties have agreed that the data importer will so respond, in which case the data exporter will still respond to the extent reasonably possible and with the information reasonably available to it if the data importer is unwilling or unable to respond. Responses will be made within a reasonable time.

(e) It will make available, upon request, a copy of the clauses to data subjects who are third party beneficiaries under clause 4, unless the clauses contain confidential information, in which case it may remove such information. Where information is removed, the data exporter shall inform data subjects in writing of the reason for removal and of their right to draw the removal to the attention of the authority. However, the data exporter shall abide by a decision of the authority regarding access to the full text of the clauses by data subjects, as long as data subjects have agreed to respect the confidentiality of the confidential information removed. The data exporter shall also provide a copy of the clauses to the authority where required.

Clause II. Obligations of the Data Importer

The data importer warrants and undertakes that:

(a) It will have in place appropriate technical and organizational measures to protect the personal data against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access, and which provide a level of security appropriate to the risk represented by the processing and the nature of the data to be protected.

(b) It will have in place procedures so that any third party it authorizes to have access to the personal data, including processors, will respect and maintain the confidentiality and security of the personal data. Any person acting under the authority of the data importer, including a data processor, shall be obligated to process the personal data only on instructions from the data importer. This provision does not apply to persons authorized or required by law or regulation to have access to the personal data.

(c) It has no reason to believe, at the time of entering into these clauses, in the existence of any local laws that would have a substantial adverse effect on the guarantees provided for under these clauses, and it will inform the data exporter (which will pass such notification on to the authority where required) if it becomes aware of any such laws.

(d) It will process the personal data for purposes described in Annex B, and has the legal authority to give the warranties and fulfill the undertakings set out in these clauses

(e) It will identify to the data exporter a contact point within its organization authorized to respond to enquiries concerning processing of the personal data, and will cooperate in good faith with the data exporter, the data subject and the authority concerning all such enquiries within a reasonable time. In case of legal dissolution of the data exporter, or if the parties have so agreed, the data importer will assume responsibility for compliance with the provisions of clause 1(e).

(f) At the request of the data exporter, it will provide the data exporter with evidence of financial resources sufficient to fulfill its responsibilities under clause 4 (which may include insurance coverage).

(g) Upon reasonable request of the data exporter, it will submit its data processing facilities, data files and documentation needed for processing to reviewing, auditing and/or certifying by the data exporter (or any independent or impartial inspection agents or auditors, selected by the data exporter and not reasonably objected to by the data importer) to ascertain compliance with the warranties and undertakings in these clauses, with reasonable notice and during regular business hours. The request will be subject to any necessary consent or approval from a regulatory or supervisory authority within the country of the data importer, which consent or approval the data importer will attempt to obtain in a timely fashion.

(h) It will process the personal data, at its option, in accordance with the data processing principles set forth in Annex A.  It will not disclose or transfer the personal data to a third party sub-processor or data controller unless:

(i) it notifies and obtain prior written consent from the data exporter; and

(ii) that the processing services by the sub-processor will be carried out in accordance with Clause 3; and

(iii)  data importer will send promptly a copy of any sub-processor agreement it concludes under the Clauses to the data exporter; and

(iv) the third party sub-processor or data controller processes the personal data in accordance with a Commission decision finding that a third country provides adequate protection, or

(v)  the third party sub-processor or data controller becomes a signatory to these clauses or another data transfer agreement approved by a competent authority in the EU, or

(vi) data subjects have been given the opportunity to object, after having  been informed of the purposes of the transfer, the categories of recipients and the fact that the countries to which data is exported may have different data protection standards, or with regard to onward transfers of sensitive data, data subjects have given their unambiguous consent to the onward transfer; and

(vii) with regard to onward transfers of sensitive data, data subjects have given their unambiguous consent to the onward transfer.

Clause III. Sub-Processing

(a) The data importer shall not subcontract any of its processing operations performed on behalf of the data exporter under the Clauses without the prior written consent of the data exporter. Where the data importer subcontracts its obligations under the Clauses, with the consent of the data exporter, it shall do so only by way of a written agreement with the sub-processor which imposes the same obligations on the sub-processor as are imposed on the data importer under the Clauses. Where the sub-processor fails to fulfill its data protection obligations under such written agreement the data importer shall remain fully liable to the data exporter for the performance of the sub-processor’s obligations under such agreement.

(b) The prior written contract between the data importer and the sub-processor shall also provide for a third-party beneficiary clause as provided in Clause 4 for cases where the data subject is not able to bring the claim for compensation against the data exporter or the data importer because they have factually disappeared or have ceased to exist in law or have become insolvent and no successor entity has assumed the entire legal obligations of the data exporter or data importer by contract or by operation of law. Such third-party liability of the sub-processor shall be limited to its own processing operations under the Clauses.

(c) The data exporter shall keep a list of sub-processing agreements concluded under the Clauses and notified by the data importer pursuant to Clause 2(h), which shall be updated at least once a year. The list shall be available to the data exporter’s data protection supervisory authority.

Clause IV. Liability and Third Party Rights

(a) Each party shall be liable to the other parties for damages it causes by any breach of these clauses.Liability as between the parties is limited to actual damage suffered. Punitive damages (i.e. damages intended to punish a party for its outrageous conduct)are specifically excluded. Each party shall be liable to data subjects for damages it causes by any breach of third party rights under these clauses. This does not affect the liability of the data exporter under its data protection law.

(b) The parties agree that a data subject shall have the right to enforce as a third party beneficiary this clause and clauses 1(b), 1(d), 1(e), 2(a), 2(c), 2(d), 2(e), 2(h), 2(i), 3(b),4(a), 6, 7(d) and 8 against the data importer or the data exporter, for their respective breach of their contractual obligations, with regard to his personal data, and accept jurisdiction for this purpose in the data exporter’s country of establishment. In cases involving allegations of breach by the data importer, the data subject must first request the data exporter to take appropriate action to enforce his rights against the data importer; if the data exporter does not take such action within a reasonable period (which under normal circumstances would be one month), the data subject may then enforce his rights against the data importer directly. A data subject is entitled to proceed directly against a data exporter that has failed to use reasonable efforts to determine that the data importer is able to satisfy its legal obligations under these clauses (the data exporter shall have the burden to prove that it took reasonable efforts).

Clause V. Law Applicable to The Clauses

These clauses shall be governed by the law of the country in which the data exporter is established, with the exception of the laws and regulations relating to processing of the personal data by the data importer under clause 5(h), which shall apply only if so selected by the data importer under that clause.

Clause VI. Resolution of Disputes with Data Subjects or the Authority

(a) In the event of a dispute or claim brought by a data subject or the authority concerning the processing of the personal data against either or both of the parties, the parties will inform each other about any such disputes or claims, and will cooperate with a view to settling them amicably in a timely fashion.

(b) The parties agree to respond to any generally available non-binding mediation procedure initiated by a data subject or by the authority. If they do participate in the proceedings, the parties may elect to do so remotely (such as by telephone or other electronic means). The parties also agree to consider participating in any other arbitration, mediation or other dispute resolution proceedings developed for data protection disputes.

(c) Each party shall abide by a decision of a competent court of the data exporter’s country of establishment or of the authority which is final and against which no further appeal is possible.

Clause VII. Termination

(a) In the event that the data importer is in breach of its obligations under these clauses, then the data exporter may temporarily suspend the transfer of personal data to the data importer until the breach is repaired or the contract is terminated.

(b) In the event that:

(i)  the transfer of personal data to the data importer has been temporarily suspended by the data exporter for longer than one month pursuant to paragraph (a);

(ii) compliance by the data importer with these clauses would put it in breach of its legal or regulatory obligations in the country of import;

(iii) the data importer is insubstantial or persistent breach of any warranties or undertakings given by it under these clauses;

(iv) a final decision against which no further appeal is possible of a competent court of the data exporter’s country of establishment or of the authority rules that there has been a breach of the clauses by the data importer or the data exporter; or

(v) a petition is presented for the administration or winding up of the data importer, whether in its personal or business capacity, which petition is not dismissed within the applicable period for such dismissal under applicable law; a winding up order is made; a receiver is appointed over any of its assets; a trustee in bankruptcy is appointed, if the data importer is an individual; a company voluntary arrangement is commenced by it; or any equivalent event in any jurisdiction occurs then the data exporter, without prejudice to any other rights which it may have against the data importer, shall be entitled to terminate these clauses, in which case the authority shall be informed where required. In cases covered by (i), (ii), or (iv) above the data importer may also terminate these clauses.

(c) Either party may terminate these clauses if (i) any Commission positive adequacy decision underArticle 25(6) of Directive 95/46/EC (or any superseding text) is issued in relation to the country (or a sector thereof) to which the data is transferred and processed by the data importer, or (ii) Directive 95/46/EC (or any superseding text) becomes directly applicable in such country.

(d) The parties agree that the termination of these clauses at any time, in any circumstances and for whatever reason (except for termination under clause 7(c)) does not exempt them from the obligations and/or conditions under the clauses as regards the processing of the personal data transferred.

Clause VIII. Variation of these Clauses

The parties may not modify these clauses except to update any information in Annex B, in which case they will inform the authority where required. This does not preclude the parties from adding additional commercial clauses where required.

Clause IX. Description of the Transfer

The details of the transfer and of the personal data are specified in Annex B. The parties agree that Annex B may contain confidential business information which they will not disclose to third parties, except as required by law or in response to a competent regulatory or government agency, or as required under clause 1(e). The parties may execute additional annexes to cover additional transfers, which will be submitted to the authority where required. Annex B may, in the alternative, be drafted to cover multiple transfers.

Additional Commercial Clauses

Indemnification

The parties will indemnify each other and hold each other harmless from any cost, charge, damages, expense or loss which they cause each other as a result of their breach of any of the provisions of these clauses. Indemnification hereunder is contingent upon (a) the party(ies) to be indemnified (the “indemnified party(ies)”) promptly notifying the other party(ies) (the “indemnifying party(ies)”) of a claim, (b) the indemnifying party(ies) having sole control of the defense and settlement of any such claim, and (c) the indemnified party(ies) providing reasonable cooperation and assistance to the indemnifying party(ies) in defense of such claim.

Dispute Resolution

In the event of a dispute between the data importer and the data exporter concerning any alleged breach of any provision of these clauses, such dispute shall be finally settled under the rules of arbitration of the International Chamber of Commerce in London, U.K.,determined by a sole arbitrator appointed in accordance with the said rules.Each party to bear its own costs.

Extra Termination Clause

In the event of termination of these clauses, the data importer must return all personal data and all copies of the personal data subject to these clauses to the data exporter forthwith or, at the data exporter’s choice, will destroy all copies of the same and certify to the data exporter that it has done so, unless the data importer is prevented by its national law or local regulator from destroying or returning all or partof such data, in which event the data will be kept confidential and will not be actively processed for any purpose. The data importer agrees that, if so requested by the data exporter, it will allow the data exporter, or an inspection agent selected by the data exporter and not reasonably objected toby the data importer, access to its establishment to verify that this has been done, with reasonable notice and during business hours.

Priority of Standard Contractual Clauses

Unless the Clauses are expressly referred to and expressly amended, the parties do not intend that any other agreement entered into by the parties, before or after the date the Clauses are entered into, will amend the terms or the effects of the Clauses, or limit any liability under the Clauses, and no term of any such other agreement should be read or interpreted as having that effect.

Authority to Bind

Signatories below represent and warrant that they have full power and authority to enter into the Agreement and to fulfill all its terms and conditions. The Agreement may be executed electronically, by facsimile, and in counterparts.

Agreed to this day:

By:
Miranda Zolot

General Counsel                                                                    


OysterHR, Inc.

251Little Falls Drive,

Wilmington, DE 19808, USA                                                              


Reg. No.:7655857                                                        


Telephone:+1.803.526.7918
Email: Privacy@OysterHR.com
ICO Certificate/Data protection registration: ZA784786

Annex A
  • Purpose limitation: Personal data may be     processed and subsequently used or further communicated only for purposes described     in Annex B or subsequently authorized by the data subject.
  • Data     quality and proportionality: Personal data must be accurate and, where     necessary, kept up to date. The personal data must be adequate, relevant     and not excessive in relation to the purposes for which they are     transferred and further processed.
  • Transparency:     Data subjects must be provided with information necessary to ensure fair     processing (such as information about the purposes of processing and about     the transfer), unless such information has already been given by the data     exporter.
  • Security     and confidentiality: Technical and organizational security measures must     be taken by the data controller that are appropriate to the risks, such as     against accidental or unlawful destruction or accidental loss, alteration,     unauthorized disclosure or access, presented by the processing. Any person     acting under the authority of the data controller, including a processor,     must not process the data except on instructions from the data controller.
  • Rights     of access, rectification, deletion and objection: As provided in Article     12 of Directive 95/46/EC, data subjects must, whether directly or via a     third party, be provided with the personal information about them that an     organization holds, except for requests which are manifestly abusive,     based on unreasonable intervals or their number or repetitive or     systematic nature, or for which access need not be granted under the law     of the country of the data exporter. Provided that the authority has given     its prior approval, access need also not be granted when doing so would be     likely to seriously harm the interests of the data importer or other     organizations dealing with the data importer and such interests are not     overridden by the interests for fundamental rights and freedoms of the     data subject. The sources of the personal data need not be identified when     this is not possible by reasonable efforts, or where the rights of persons     other than the individual would be violated. Data subjects must be able to     have the personal information about them rectified, amended, or deleted     where it is inaccurate or processed against these principles. If there are     compelling grounds to doubt the legitimacy of the request, the     organization may require further justifications before proceeding to     rectification, amendment or deletion. Notification of any rectification,     amendment or deletion to third parties to whom the data have been     disclosed need not be made when this involves a disproportionate effort. A     data subject must also be able to object to the processing of the personal     data relating to him if there are compelling legitimate grounds relating     to his particular situation. The burden of proof for any refusal rests on     the data importer, and the data subject may always challenge a refusal     before the authority.
  • Sensitive     data: The data importer shall take such additional measures (eg relating     to security) as are necessary to protect such sensitive data in accordance     with its obligations under clause II.
  • Data     used for marketing purposes: Where data are processed for the purposes of     direct marketing, effective procedures should exist allowing the data     subject at any time to “opt-out” from having his data used for such     purposes.
  • Automated     decisions: For purposes hereof “automated decision” shall mean a decision     by the data exporter or the data importer which produces legal effects     concerning a data subject or significantly affects a data subject and     which is based solely on automated processing of personal data intended to     evaluate certain personal aspects relating to him, such as his performance     at work, creditworthiness, reliability, conduct, etc. The data importer     shall not make any automated decisions concerning data subjects, except     when:

(a) (i) such decisions are made by the data importer in entering into or performing a contract with the data subject; and  (ii) the data subject is given an opportunity to discuss the results of a relevant automated decision with a representative of the parties making such decision or otherwise to make representations to that parties; or

(b) where otherwise provided by the law of the data exporter.

Annex B

The personal data transferredconcern the following categories of data subjects.                                                                  

  • Staff including volunteers,agents, temporary and casual workers
  • Customers and clients (includingtheir staff)
  • Suppliers (including their staff)
  • Relatives, guardians andassociates of the data subject
Purposes of the transfer

The transfer is made for the following purposes:

  • Staff administration, including permanent and temporary staff, including appointment or removals, pay, discipline; superannuation, work management, and other personnel matters in relation to the data exporter’s staff
  • Benefits, grants and loans administration services.
  • Consultancy and advisory services, including giving advice or rendering professional services, and the provision of services of an advisory, consultancy or intermediary nature.
  • Financial services and advice including the provision of services as an intermediary in respect of any financial transactions including mortgage and insurance broking
  • Insurance administration including the administration of life, health, pensions, property, motor and other insurance business by an insurance firm, an insurance intermediary or consultant
  • Journalism and media, including the processing of journalistic, literary or artistic material made or intended to be made available to the public or any section of the public.
  • Pensions administration, including the administration of funded pensions or superannuation schemes
  • Trading/sharing in personal information, including the sale, hire, exchange or disclosure of personal information to third parties in return for goods/services/benefits.
Categories of data

The personal data transferred concern the following categories of data.

  • Personal details, including any information that identifies the data subject and their personal characteristics, including: name, address, contact details, age, date of birth, sex, and physical description
  • Personal details issued as an identifier by a public authority, including passport details, national insurance numbers, identity card numbers, driving license details
  • Family, lifestyle and social circumstances, including any information relating to the family of the data subject and the data subject’s lifestyle and social circumstances, including current marriage and partnerships, marital history, details of family and other household members, habits, housing, travel details, leisure activities, and membership of charitable or voluntary organizations
  • Education and training details, including information which relates to the education and any professional training of the data subject, including academic records, qualifications, skills, training records, professional expertise, student and pupil records
  • Employment details, including information relating to the employment of the data subject, including employment and career history, recruitment and termination details, attendance records, health and safety records, performance appraisals, training records, and security records
  • Financial details, including information relating to the financial affairs of the data subject, including income, salary, assets and investments, payments, creditworthiness, loans, benefits, grants, insurance details, and pension information
Recipients

The personal data transferred maybe disclosed only to the following recipients or categories of recipients.

  • Central government
  • Finance, insurance and credit
  • General business
  • Health
  • Local government
  • Regulators
  • Social care
  • Trade, employer associations, and professional bodies
Sensitive data

The personal data transferred concern the following categories of sensitive data.

  • Racial or ethnic origin
  • Political opinions
  • Trade union membership
  • Religious or philosophical beliefs
  • Health
  • Sex life or sexual orientation

For any questions contact: legal@oysterhr.com.

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