Accessorise Corp needs to gather and use certain information about individuals from the Amazon MWS API in order to comply with local tax laws.
This data can include customers names, contacts, and addresses.
This policy describes how this personal data must be collected, handled and stored to meet the company’s data protection standards — and to comply with both the law and Amazon.com’s own data dandling policies as well as a privacy statement.
Why this policy exists
This data protection policy ensures Accessorise Corp:
Complies with data protection law and follow good practice
Protects the rights of staff, customers and partners
Is open about how it stores and processes individuals’ data
Protects itself from the risks of a data breach
Abides by Amazon’s policies for the use of such data
Data protection law
The General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 describes how organisations — including Accessorise Corp — must collect, handle and store personal information.
These rules apply regardless of whether data is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials.
To comply with the law, personal information must be collected and used fairly, stored safely and not disclosed unlawfully.
The General Data Protection Regulation is underpinned by eight important principles. These say that personal data must:
Be processed fairly and lawfully
Be obtained only for specific, lawful purposes
Be adequate, relevant and not excessive
Be accurate and kept up to date
Not be held for any longer than necessary
Processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects
Be protected in appropriate ways
Not be transferred outside the EU, unless that country or territory also ensures an adequate level of protection
People, risks and responsibilities
This policy applies to:
The head office of Accessorise Corp
All branches of Accessorise Corp
All staff and volunteers of Accessorise Corp
All contractors, suppliers and other people working on behalf of Accessorise Corp
It applies to all data that the company holds relating to living individuals, even if that information technically falls outside of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679.
This can include:
Names of individuals
…plus any other information relating directly or indirectly to individuals
Data protection risks
This policy helps to protect Accessorise Corp from some very real data security risks, including:
Breaches of confidentiality.
For instance, information being given out inappropriately.
Failing to offer choice. For instance, all individuals should be free to choose how the company uses data relating to them.
For instance, the company could suffer if hackers successfully gained access to sensitive data.
Everyone who works for or with Accessorise Corp has some responsibility for ensuring data is collected, stored and handled appropriately.
Each team that handles personal data must ensure that it is handled and processed in line with this policy and data protection principles.
However, these people have key areas of responsibility:
The board of directors is ultimately responsible for ensuring that Accessorise Corp meets its legal obligations.
The data protection officer, David Young, is responsible for:
Keeping the board updated about data protection responsibilities, risks and issues.
Reviewing all data protection procedures and related policies, in line with an agreed schedule.
Arranging data protection training and advice for the people covered by this policy.
Handling data protection questions from staff and anyone else covered by this policy.
Dealing with requests from individuals to see the data Accessorise Corp holds about them (also called ‘subject access requests’).
Checking and approving any contracts or agreements with third parties that may handle the company’s sensitive data.
The IT manager, David Young, is responsible for:
Ensuring all systems, services and equipment used for storing data meet acceptable security standards.
Performing regular checks and scans to ensure security hardware and software is functioning properly.
Evaluating any third-party services the company is considering using to store or process data. For instance, cloud computing services.
The marketing manager, David Young, is responsible for:
Approving any data protection statements attached to communications such as emails and letters.
Addressing any data protection queries from journalists or media outlets like newspapers.
Where necessary, working with other staff to ensure marketing initiatives abide by data protection principles.
General staff guidelines
The only people able to access data covered by this policy should be those who need it for their work.
Data should not be shared informally. When access to confidential information is required, employees can request it from their line managers.
Accessorise Corp will provide training to all employees to help them understand their responsibilities when handling data.
Employees should keep all data secure, by taking sensible precautions and following the guidelines below.
In particular, strong passwords must be used and they should never be shared.
Personal data should not be disclosed to unauthorised people, either within the company or externally.
Data should be regularly reviewed and updated if it is found to be out of date. If no longer required, it should be deleted and disposed of.
Employees should request help from their line manager or the data protection officer if they are unsure about any aspect of data protection.
These rules describe how and where data should be safely stored. Questions about storing data safely can be directed to the IT manager or data controller.
All data is removed after 30 days and tax documents generated. If the data is used in the tax reporting process before 30 days it will be deleted before 30 days time. All API’s must consume this data before 30 days as at the 30 day mark it will be deleted regrdless of consumption or not.
Data is never stored on paper.
When data is stored electronically, it must be protected from unauthorised access, accidental deletion and malicious hacking attempts:
Data should be protected by strong passwords that are changed regularly and never shared between employees.
Our data is never stored on removable media.
Data should only be stored on designated drives and servers, and should only be uploaded to an approved cloud computing services.
Servers containing personal data should be sited in a secure location, away from general office space.
Data should be backed up frequently. Those backups should be tested regularly, in line with the company’s standard backup procedures.
Data should never be saved directly to laptops or other mobile devices like tablets or smart phones.
All servers and computers containing data should be protected by approved security software and a firewall.
Personal data is of no value to Accessorise Corp unless the business can make use of it. However, it is when personal data is accessed and used that it can be at the greatest risk of loss, corruption or theft:
When working with personal data, employees should ensure the screens of their computers are always locked when left unattended.
Personal data should not be shared informally. In particular, it should never be sent by email, as this form of communication is not secure.
Data must be encrypted before being transferred electronically. The IT manager can explain how to send data to authorised external contacts.
Personal data should never be transferred outside of the European Economic Area.
Employees should not save copies of personal data to their own computers. Always access and update the central copy of any data.
The law requires Accessorise Corp to take reasonable steps to ensure data is kept accurate and up to date.
The more important it is that the personal data is accurate, the greater the effort Accessorise Corp should put into ensuring its accuracy.
It is the responsibility of all employees who work with data to take reasonable steps to ensure it is kept as accurate and up to date as possible.
Data will be held in as few places as necessary. Staff should not create any unnecessary additional data sets.
Staff should take every opportunity to ensure data is updated. For instance, by confirming a customer’s details when they call.
Accessorise Corp will make it easy for data subjects to update the information Accessorise Corp holds about them. For instance, via the company website.
Data should be updated as inaccuracies are discovered. For instance, if a customer can no longer be reached on their stored telephone number, it should be removed from the database.
It is the marketing manager’s responsibility to ensure marketing databases are checked against industry suppression files every six months.
Subject access requests
All individuals who are the subject of personal data held by Accessorise Corp are entitled to:
Ask what information the company holds about them and why.
Ask how to gain access to it.
Be informed how to keep it up to date.
Be informed how the company is meeting its data protection obligations.
If an individual contacts the company requesting this information, this is called a subject access request.
Subject access requests from individuals should be made by email, addressed to the data controller at [email protected] The data controller can supply a standard request form, although individuals do not have to use this.
Individuals cannot be charged to honour a subject access request. The data controller will aim to provide the relevant data within 30 days.
The data controller will always verify the identity of anyone making a subject access request before handing over any information.
Disclosing data for other reasons
In certain circumstances, the General Data Protection Regulation allows personal data to be disclosed to law enforcement agencies without the consent of the data subject.
Under these circumstances, Accessorise Corp will disclose requested data. However, the data controller will ensure the request is legitimate, seeking assistance from the board and from the company’s legal advisers where necessary.
Accessorise Corp aims to ensure that individuals are aware that their data is being processed, and that they understand:
How the data is being used
How to exercise their rights
To these ends, the company has a privacy statement, setting out how data relating to individuals is used by the company.
SECTION 1 – DISCLOSURE
We may disclose your personal information if we are required by law to do so.
SECTION 2 – Amazon
Our store is hosted on Amazon.com. They provide us with the online e-commerce platform that allows us to sell our products and services.
Your data is stored through Amazon’s data storage, and databases. They store your data on a secure server behind a firewall. We may access this data for reasons of tax compliance. The data we store will be on our systems for no longer than 30 days, at which point it is delted. Your data is not used for any reason other than tax compliance purposes and is not shared with any outside 3rd parties.
We do not collect, store or retain any payment data other than price of sale. No credit cards or other payment data is collected.
SECTION 3 – SECURITY
To protect your personal information, we take reasonable precautions and follow industry best practices to make sure it is not inappropriately lost, misused, accessed, disclosed, altered or destroyed.