Data Protection and GDPR
Modern is committed to protecting the privacy of our users and their customers. We stay appraised of developments in data protection laws to ensure that you can be confident in your safety while using our platform.
This page is intended to explain what the rules are, how they apply to your use of the Modern platform and the steps we have taken to comply.
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
Regulation (EU) 2016/679, more commonly known at the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is an EU regulation aimed at harmonizing data protection and privacy laws across the EU. The provisions of the GDPR apply wherever personal data of an EU data subject is involved.
The GDPR is focused on giving individuals more control over how their data is used by companies, and making the collection and processing of data more transparent.
The GDPR was incorporated directly into UK law following the end of the Brexit transition period, meaning that UK businesses still have to comply with its provisions through the ‘UK GDPR’.
Basic GDPR concepts
Controller and processor
The GDPR imposes various obligations on a person depending on whether they are a controller or a processor of personal data.
A controller is an entity which decides to process personal data, and makes decisions regarding the basis of processing and the methods which will be used. Controllers have certain obligations regarding personal data, which you should familiarize yourself with before collecting personal data from your customers.
A processor is an entity which processes data for and on behalf of a controller. They make no independent decisions regarding the data or its processing, as they only process it on behalf of the controller and must comply with all instructions given by the controller.
When you use the Modern service, you are a controller. You are in control of the data you upload to the Modern system, what you do with that data, and why. As a result, you are responsible for ensuring that you have a legal basis on which to process the data, and that you do not retain the data for any longer than is necessary.
You should ensure that you understand your obligations as a controller, and update your own systems and policies to allow the lawful transfer of personal data to Modern.
Modern is a data processor. We, through the Modern platform, store and manage the data you have collected under your instructions. We will never use any personal data which you have uploaded to the Modern system for our own purposes or without your instruction.
Legal basis for processing
Personal data may only be collected and processed if there is a legal basis for doing so. The allowable legal bases are set out in the GDPR.
As a processor, Modern relies on our customers to select the correct basis under which they will be collecting and processing personal data, and to put the appropriate notices and consents in place. Before you use the Modern service, you should take time to identify which legal bases may be available to you, and only collect and retain personal data to the extent necessary to carry out that basis. You should not change the basis under which you have collected personal data without very good reason, so it is important to understand the requirements of the different bases and make sure you select the right one at the start.
Data subject access rights
The GDPR grants data subjects (i.e. your customers) certain rights relating to their personal data, including the right to access, correct and/or delete any data relating to them.
Modern has put in place easy systems for you to inform us if you receive such a request from a data subject, and for us to inform you if we receive such a request. We will ensure that, following your instructions, these requests are promptly complied with. You should familiarize yourself with the obligations which will be imposed on you, including relating to any personal data you hold on your own systems or services other than Modern.
Transfers of data to the USA
Personal data may not be transferred outside the EEA other than under specific circumstances. We utilize the Standard Contractual Clauses as part of our Data Processing Agreement which we sign with all of our customers.
We have put in place strong security safeguards and measures to ensure that any personal data we hold is stored securely. We regularly test our products for bugs and vulnerabilities.
We ensure that we have regular back-up systems in place, and ensure that we have data recovery and data integrity systems and processes to minimize the risk of corruption to or loss of personal data.
Steps we have taken to ensure GDPR compliance
We take our duties as a processor very seriously. We have put in place a number of procedures and taken a number of steps in order to ensure that we remain compliant with the GDPR and that you are able to lawfully send personal data collected by you to us, for example: