GDPR Data Processing Agreement
By accessing or using our website and services, or otherwise interacting with us, you are deemed to have read, understood and agreed to our Processing of your Personal Data as outlined in this DPA. You hereby acknowledge that you are entering into this DPA on behalf of yourself and, to the extent required under Data Protection Laws, in the name and on behalf of your Authorized Affiliates (as defined below).
You can find more information about our GDPR compliance in our publicly available documentation.
The parties agree as follows:
“Affiliate” means an entity that directly or indirectly Controls, is Controlled by or is under common Control with an entity.
“Authorized Affiliate” means any of your Affiliate(s) permitted to or otherwise receiving the benefit of the Services pursuant to the Agreement.
“Control” means an ownership, voting or similar interest representing fifty percent (50%) or more of the total interests then outstanding of the entity in question. The term “Controlled” shall be construed accordingly.
“Controller” means an entity that determines the purposes and means of the processing of Personal Data.
“Customer Data” means any data that Ghost Foundation and/or its Affiliates process on behalf of you in the course of providing the Services under the Agreement.
“Data Protection Laws” means all data protection and privacy laws and regulations applicable to the processing of Personal Data under the Agreement, including, where applicable, EU Data Protection Law.
“EU Data Protection Law” means Directive 95/46/EC of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of Personal Data and on the free movement of such data (the “Directive”), as transposed into domestic legislation of each EU Member State and. As amended, replaced or superseded from time to time, including by Regulation 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of Personal Data and on the free movement of such data (General Data Protection Regulation) (the “GDPR”) and laws implementing or supplementing the GDPR; and (ii) Directive 2002/58/EC concerning the processing of Personal Data and the protection of privacy in the electronic communications sector and applicable national implementations of it (in each case, as may be amended, superseded or replaced).
“Personal Data” means any Customer Data relating to an identified or identifiable natural person to the extent that such information is protected as personal data under applicable Data Protection Laws.
“Processor” means an entity that processes Personal Data on behalf of the Controller.
“Processing” has the meaning given to it in the GDPR and “process”, “processes” and “processed” shall be interpreted accordingly.
“Security Incident” means any unauthorized or unlawful breach of security that leads to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of or access to Personal Data.
“Services” means the Ghost.org website and all content, services and products available at or through the Ghost.org website, including, but not limited to, the Ghost software and the Ghost.org hosted service.
“Sub-processor” means any Processor engaged by Ghost Foundation or its Affiliates to assist in fulfilling its obligations with respect to providing the Services pursuant to the Agreement or this DPA. Sub-processors may include third parties or any Ghost Foundation Affiliate.
2. Scope and Applicability of this DPA
2.1 This DPA applies where and only to the extent that Ghost Foundation processes Personal Data on your behalf in the course of providing the Services and such Personal Data is subject to Data Protection Laws of the European Union, the European Economic Area and/or their member states, Switzerland and/or the United Kingdom. The parties agree to comply with the terms and conditions in this DPA in connection with such Personal Data.
2.2 Role of the Parties. As between you and Ghost Foundation, you are the Controller of Personal Data and Ghost Foundation shall process Personal Data only as a Processor on your behalf. Nothing in the Agreement or this DPA shall prevent Ghost Foundation from using or sharing any data that Ghost Foundation would otherwise collect and process independently of your use of the Services.
2.3 Customer Obligations. You agree that (i) you shall comply with your obligations as a Controller under Data Protection Laws in respect of your processing of Personal Data and any processing instructions it issues to Ghost Foundation; and (ii) you has provided notice and obtained (or shall obtain) all consents and rights necessary under Data Protection Laws for Ghost Foundation to process Personal Data and provide the Services pursuant to the Agreement and this DPA.
2.4 Ghost Processing of Personal Data. As a Processor, Ghost Foundation shall process Personal Data only for the following purposes: (i) processing to perform the Services in accordance with the Agreement; (ii) processing to perform any steps necessary for the performance of the Agreement; and (iii) to comply with other reasonable instructions provided by you to the extent they are consistent with the terms of this DPA and the Agreement and only in accordance with your documented lawful instructions. The parties agree that this DPA and the Agreement set out your complete and final instructions to Ghost Foundation in relation to the processing of Personal Data and processing outside the scope of these instructions (if any) shall require prior written agreement between you and Ghost Foundation.
2.5 Nature of the Data. Ghost Foundation handles Customer Data provided by the you. Such Customer Data may contain special categories of data depending on how the Services are used by you. The Customer Data may be subject to the following processing activities: (i) storage and other processing necessary to provide, maintain and improve the Services; (ii) to provide customer and technical support; and (iii) disclosures as required by law or otherwise set forth in the Agreement.
2.6 Ghost Data. Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in the Agreement (including this DPA), you hereby acknowledge that Ghost Foundation shall have a right to use and disclose data relating to and/or obtained in connection with the operation, support and/or use of the Services for its legitimate business purposes, such as billing, account management, technical support, product development and sales and marketing. To the extent any such data is considered Personal Data under Data Protection Laws, Ghost Foundation is the Controller of such data and accordingly shall Process such data in compliance with Data Protection Laws.
3.1 Authorized Sub-processors. You hereby agree that Ghost Foundation may engage Sub-processors from time to time to process Personal Data on your behalf. The Sub-processors currently engaged by Ghost Foundation are listed in Annex A of this DPA.
3.2 Sub-processors’ Obligations. Ghost Foundation shall: (i) enter into a written agreement with each Sub-processor imposing data protection terms that require the Sub-processor to protect the Personal Data to the standard required by Data Protection Laws; and (ii) remain responsible for its compliance with the obligations of this DPA and for any acts or omissions of the Sub-processor that cause Ghost Foundation to breach any of its obligations under this DPA.
3.3 Changes to Sub-processors. Ghost Foundation shall provide you with reasonable advance notice (for which an email shall constitute sufficient notice) if it appoints any additional Sub-processors or ceases to engage any existing Sub-processors.
3.4 Objection to Sub-processors. You may object in writing to Ghost Foundation’s appointment of a new Sub-processor on reasonable grounds relating to Data Protection Laws by notifying Ghost Foundation promptly in writing within five (5) calendar days of receipt of Ghost Foundation’s notice in accordance with Section 3.3. Such notice shall explain the reasonable grounds for the objection. In such event, the parties shall discuss such concerns in good faith with a view to achieving a commercially reasonable resolution. If this is not possible, either party may terminate the applicable Services that cannot be provided by Ghost Foundation without the use of the objected-to-new Sub-processor.
4.1 Security Measures. Taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of Processing as well as the risk of varying likelihood and severity for the rights and freedoms of natural persons, Ghost Foundation shall implement and maintain appropriate technical and organizational security measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to that risk, to protect Personal Data from Security Incidents, and to preserve the security and confidentiality of the Personal Data, in accordance with Ghost Foundation's security standards described in Annex B of this DPA (“Security Measures”).
4.2 Confidentiality of Processing. Ghost Foundation shall ensure that any person who is authorized by Ghost Foundation to process Personal Data (including its employees, agents and subcontractors) shall be under an appropriate obligation of confidentiality (whether a contractual or statutory duty).
4.3 Security Incident Response. Upon becoming aware of a Security Incident, Ghost Foundation shall notify you without undue delay and shall provide sufficient information relating to the Security Incident as it becomes known or as is reasonably requested by you to allow you to meet any obligations to report to or inform any relevant third parties of the Security Incident under Data Protection Laws.
4.4 Updates to Security Measures. You hereby acknowledge that the Security Measures are subject to technical progress and development and that Ghost Foundation may update or modify the Security Measures from time to time without notifying you of the same provided that such updates and modifications do not result in the degradation of the overall security of the Services purchased by the Customer.
5. Security Reports and Audits
5.1 Ghost Foundation shall maintain records of its security standards. Ghost Foundation shall further provide written responses (on a confidential basis) to all reasonable requests for information made by you, including responses to information security and audit questionnaires, that you (acting reasonably) consider necessary to confirm Ghost Foundation's compliance with this DPA, provided that you shall not exercise this right more than once per year.
6. International Transfers
6.1 Processing Locations. Ghost Foundation stores and processes EU Data (defined below) in data centres located within and outside the European Union. All other Customer Data may be transferred and processed anywhere in the world where a Customer, its Affiliates and/or its Sub-processors maintain data processing operations. Ghost Foundation shall implement appropriate safeguards to protect the Personal Data, wherever it is processed, in accordance with the requirements of Data Protection Laws.
6.2 Transfer Mechanism: Notwithstanding Section 6.1, to the extent Ghost Foundation processes or transfers (directly or via onward transfer) Personal Data under this DPA from the European Union, the European Economic Area and/or their member states, Switzerland and/or the United Kingdom (“EU Data”) in or to third countries, with a differing level of data protection within the meaning of applicable Data Protection Laws of the foregoing territories, the parties shall enter into Standard Contractual Clauses as annexed to the European Commission’s Decision (EU) 2021/914 of 4 June 2021 and as may be amended, superseded or replaced from time to time (“SCCs”), and agree that having entered into SCCs with the recipients, Ghost Foundation shall be deemed to provide appropriate safeguards for such data. The Customer hereby authorises any transfer of EU Data to, or access to EU Data from, such destinations outside the EU subject to any of these measures having been taken.
7. Return or Deletion of Data
7.1 Upon deactivation of the Services, all Personal Data shall be deleted promptly and in any event within x business days of deactivation of the Services, save that this requirement shall not apply to the extent Ghost Foundation is required by any applicable law to retain some or all of the Personal Data, or to Personal Data it has archived on back-up systems, which such Personal Data Ghost Foundation shall securely isolate and protect from any further processing, except to the extent required by applicable law.
8.1 To the extent that you are unable to independently access the relevant Personal Data within the Services, Ghost Foundation shall (at your expense) taking into account the nature of the processing, provide reasonable cooperation to assist you by appropriate technical and organizational measures, in so far as is possible, to respond to any requests from individuals or applicable data protection authorities relating to the processing of Personal Data under the Agreement. In the event that any such request is made directly to Ghost Foundation in relation to your Personal Data, Ghost Foundation shall not respond to such communication directly without your prior authorization, unless legally compelled to do so. If Ghost Foundation is required to respond to such a request, Ghost Foundation shall promptly notify your and provide it with a copy of the request unless legally prohibited from doing so.
8.2 To the extent Ghost Foundation is required under Data Protection Law, Ghost Foundation shall (at the Customer's expense) provide reasonably requested information regarding Ghost Foundation's processing of Personal Data under the Agreement to enable you to carry out data protection impact assessments or prior consultations with data protection authorities as required by law.
9.1 Except for the changes made by this DPA, the Agreement remains unchanged and in full force and effect. If there is any conflict between this DPA and the Agreement, this DPA shall prevail to the extent of that conflict.
9.2 This DPA is a part of and incorporated into the Agreement so references to "Agreement" in the Agreement shall include this DPA.
9.3 In no event shall any party limit its liability with respect to any individual's data protection rights under this DPA or otherwise.
9.4 This DPA shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the governing law and jurisdiction provisions in the Agreement, unless required otherwise by Data Protection Laws.
Ghost Foundation Ltd
Name: John O'Nolan
Title: Founder / CEO
Annex A - List of Ghost Sub-processors
Available upon request
Annex B – Security Measures
Available upon request