Data Processing Agreement
Last Updated: December 16, 2022
This Data Processing Agreement (the "DPA"), entered into by the Better Stack customer identified on the applicable Better Stack ordering document for Better Stack services ("Customer") and the Better Stack company identified on the ordering document ("Better Stack"), governs the processing of personal data that Customer uploads or otherwise provides Better Stack in connection with the services and the processing of any personal data that Better Stack uploads or otherwise provides to Customer in connection with the services.
"Customer Personal Data" means Personal Data (i) that Customer uploads or otherwise provides Better Stack in connection with its use of Better Stack’s services or (ii) for which Customer is otherwise a data controller.
"CCPA" means the California Consumer Privacy Act of 2018.
"Data Controller" or "Company" means Customer.
"Data Processor" or "Service Provider" means Better Stack.
"Data Protection Requirements" means the Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation, the CCPA, Local Data Protection Laws, any subordinate legislation and regulation implementing the General Data Protection Regulation, and all Privacy Laws.
"Directive" means the EU Data Protection Directive 95/46/EC.
"EU Personal Data" means Personal Data the sharing of which pursuant to this Agreement is regulated by the Directive, the General Data Protection Regulation and Local Data Protection Laws.
"GDPR" means the General Data Protection Regulation, the European Union Regulation on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data.
"Personal Data" means information about an individual that (a) can be used to identify, contact or locate a specific individual, including data that Customer chooses to provide to Better Stack from services such as applicant tracking systems (ATSs) or customer-relationships management (CRM) services; (b) can be combined with other information that can be used to identify, contact or locate a specific individual; or (c) is defined as "personal data" or "personal information" by applicable laws or regulations relating to the collection, use, storage or disclosure of information about an identifiable individual. The use of the term Personal Data should be considered to have the meaning as personally identifiable information as defined under the CCPA.
"Personal Data Breach" means any accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to Customer Personal Data.
"Privacy Laws" means all applicable laws, regulations, and other legal requirements relating to (a) privacy, data security, consumer protection, marketing, promotion, and text messaging, email, and other communications; and (b) the use, collection, retention, storage, security, disclosure, transfer, disposal, and other processing of any Personal Data.
"Process" and its cognates mean any operation or set of operations which is performed on Personal Data or on sets of Personal Data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
"Subprocessor" means any entity which provides processing services to Better Stack in furtherance of Better Stack’s processing on behalf of Customer.
"Supervisory Authority" means an independent public authority which is established by a European Union member state pursuant to Article 51 of the General Data Protection Regulation.
2. Nature of Data Processing
Better Stack agrees to process Personal Data recieved from the Customer only on the instructions of the Customer. As the Controller of Personal Data, for avoidance of doubt, the Customer sets the purpose of processing for this DPA.
3. Compliance with laws
The parties shall each comply with their respective obligations under all applicable Data Protection Requirements.
4. Customer obligationsCustomer agrees to:
4.1 Provide instructions to Better Stack and determine the purposes and general means of Better Stack’s processing of Customer Personal Data in accordance with the DPA; and
4.2 Comply with its protection, security and other obligations with respect to Customer Personal Data prescribed by Data Protection Requirements for data controllers by: (a) establishing and maintaining a procedure for the exercise of the rights of the individuals whose Customer Personal Data are processed on behalf of Customer; (b) processing only data that has been lawfully and validly collected and ensuring that such data will be relevant and proportionate to the respective uses; and (c) ensuring compliance with the provisions of this DPA by its personnel or by any third-party accessing or using Customer Personal Data on its behalf.
5. Better Stack obligations
5.1 Processing Requirements. Better Stack will:
a. Process Customer Personal Data (i) only for the purpose of providing, supporting and improving Better Stack’s services (including to provide insights and other reporting), using appropriate technical and organizational security measures; and (ii) in compliance with the instructions received from Customer. Better Stack will not use or process the Customer Personal Data for any other purpose. Better Stack will promptly inform Customer in writing if it cannot comply with the requirements under Sections 5-8 of this DPA, in which case Customer may terminate the DPA or take any other reasonable action, including suspending data processing operations;
b. Inform Customer promptly if, in Better Stack’s opinion, an instruction from Customer violates applicable Data Protection Requirements;
c. If Better Stack is collecting Customer Personal Data from individuals on behalf of Customer, follow Customer’s instructions regarding such Customer Personal Data collection (including with regard to the provision of notice and exercise of choice);
d. Take commercially reasonable steps to ensure that (i) persons employed by it and (ii) other persons engaged to perform on Better Stack’s behalf comply with the terms of the DPA;
e. Ensure that its employees, authorized agents and any Subprocessors are required to comply with and acknowledge and respect the confidentiality of the Customer Personal Data, including after the end of their respective employment, contract or assignment;
f. If it intends to engage Subprocessors to help it satisfy its obligations in accordance with this DPA or to delegate all or part of the processing activities to such Subprocessors, exclusive of the list of Subprocessors Better Stack maintains online (see below)
g. Upon request, provide Customer with a summary of Better Stack’s privacy and security policies; and
h. Inform Customer if Better Stack undertakes an independent security review.
5.2 Notice to Customer. Better Stack will inform Customer if Better Stack becomes aware of:
a. Any non-compliance by Better Stack or its employees with Sections 5-8 of this DPA or the Data Protection Requirements relating to the protection of Customer Personal Data processed under this DPA;
b. Any legally binding request for disclosure of Customer Personal Data by a law enforcement authority, unless Better Stack is otherwise forbidden by law to inform Customer, for example to preserve the confidentiality of an investigation by law enforcement authorities;
c. Any notice, inquiry or investigation by a Supervisory Authority with respect to Customer Personal Data; or
d. Any complaint or request (in particular, requests for access to, rectification or blocking of Customer Personal Data) received directly from data subjects of Customer. Better Stack will not respond to any such request without Customer’s prior written authorization.
5.3 Assistance to Customer. Better Stack will provide reasonable assistance to Customer regarding:
a. Any requests from Customer data subjects in respect of access to or the rectification, erasure, restriction, portability, blocking or deletion of Customer Personal Data that Better Stack processes for Customer. In the event that a data subject sends such a request directly to Better Stack, Better Stack will promptly send such request to Customer;
b. The investigation of Personal Data Breaches and the notification to the Supervisory Authority and Customer’s data subjects regarding such Personal Data Breaches; and
c. Where appropriate, the preparation of data protection impact assessments and, where necessary, carrying out consultations with any Supervisory Authority.
5.4 Required Processing. If Better Stack is required by Data Protection Requirements to process any Customer Personal Data for a reason other than providing the services described in the DPA, Better Stack will inform Customer of this requirement in advance of any processing, unless Better Stack is legally prohibited from informing Customer of such processing (e.g., as a result of secrecy requirements that may exist under applicable EU member state laws).
5.5 Security. Better Stack will:
a. Maintain appropriate organizational and technical security measures (including with respect to personnel, facilities, hardware and software, storage and networks, access controls, monitoring and logging, vulnerability and breach detection, incident response, encryption of Customer Personal Data while in transit and at rest) to protect against unauthorized or accidental access, loss, alteration, disclosure or destruction of Customer Personal Data;
b. Be responsible for the sufficiency of the security, privacy, and confidentiality safeguards of all Better Stack personnel with respect to Customer Personal Data and liable for any failure by such Better Stack personnel to meet the terms of this DPA;
c. Take reasonable steps to confirm that all Better Stack personnel are protecting the security, privacy and confidentiality of Customer Personal Data consistent with the requirements of this DPA; and
d. Notify Customer of any Personal Data Breach by Better Stack, its Subprocessors, or any other third-parties acting on Better Stack’s behalf without undue delay of becoming aware of a Personal Data Breach.
6. Audit, certification
6.1 Supervisory Authority Audit. If a Supervisory Authority requires an audit of the data processing facilities from which Better Stack processes Customer Personal Data in order to ascertain or monitor Customer’s compliance with Data Protection Requirements, Better Stack will cooperate with such audit. Customer is responsible for all costs and fees related to such audit, including all reasonable costs and fees for any and all time Better Stack expends for any such audit, in addition to the rates for services performed by Better Stack.
6.2 DPO requests. Better Stack must, upon Customer’s request (not to exceed one request per calendar year) by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, certify compliance with Sections 5-8 of this DPA in writing.
7. Data transfers
For transfers of EU Personal Data to Better Stack for processing by Better Stack in a jurisdiction other than a jurisdiction in the EU, the EEA, or the European Commission-approved countries providing ‘adequate’ data protection, Better Stack agrees it will provide at least the same level of privacy protection for EU Personal Data through appropriate safeguards, such as standard contract clauses or binding internal company rules.
8. Data return and deletion
The parties agree that on the termination of the data processing services or upon Customer’s reasonable request, Better Stack shall, and shall cause any Subprocessors to, at the choice of Customer, return all the Customer Personal Data and copies of such data to Customer or securely destroy them and demonstrate to the satisfaction of Customer that it has taken such measures, unless Data Protection Requirements prevent Better Stack from returning or destroying all or part of the Customer Personal Data disclosed. In such case, Better Stack agrees to preserve the confidentiality of the Customer Personal Data retained by it and that it will only actively process such Customer Personal Data after such date in order to comply with applicable laws.
9. Third party data processors
Customer acknowledges that in the provision of some services (such as CRMs), Better Stack, on receipt of instructions from Customer, may transfer Customer Personal Data to and otherwise interact with third party data processors.
This DPA shall remain in effect as long as Better Stack carries out Personal Data processing operations on behalf of Customer or until the termination of the Better Stack Contract (and all Personal Data has been returned or deleted in accordance with Section 8 above).
11. Governing law, jurisdiction, and venue
Notwithstanding anything in the DPA to the contrary, the rights and obligations not expressly provided for in this DPA shall be governed by the relevant provisions of generally binding legislation of New York. In case of a dispute arising out of this DPA, the Parties agree that such disputes shall be resolved primarily by mutual negotiations between the representatives of the Parties, and if the dispute is not resolved by negotiations, the Parties shall refer the dispute to the court of New York having jurisdiction in the subject matter and place of the dispute.
12. Appending list of Subprocessors
Customer hereby authorizes Better Stack to entrust additional processors with the processing of personal data according to this DPA.
At the time of conclusion of this Agreement, Better Stack has entrusted the processing of personal data under this DPA to the additional processors, to which the Customer agrees:
Amazon Web Services, Inc.
New Relic, Inc.
Microsoft Online, Inc.
Hetzner Online GmbH.
One Signal, Inc.
Functional Software, Inc.
SmartBear Software, Inc.