This article explains in detail where YAMM’s data is stored and how our processing complies with GDPR. It also explains our compliance with GDPR’s International Data Transfer clause.
The legitimacy of our data processing operations
We store and process your user and usage data (refer to the article: [DATA STORAGE] What data is stored by YAMM and how is it used?) in Firebase, the Google cloud-hosted database.
The physical storage of YAMM data and processing is protected under Data Processing and Security Terms of Google Cloud Platform.
YAMM is GDPR compliant as we don't store or transfer any personal data. That is because your data (mailing list) is stored in your Google Spreadsheets and is never saved in our database.
Do we do an international transfer of personal data?
We won't transfer, sell, make copies, or share any of your data stored by YAMM to third party services or companies.
Can you exercise your right to data portability?
As detailed in our article [DATA STORAGE] What data is stored by YAMM and how is it used?, we don't store any of your customers’ data (mailing lists). So we are not obliged for any data portability requests.
Which Data Transfer mechanisms does YAMM rely on? Standard Clauses or Privacy Shield?
Upon completion of DPA, it is stipulated that: The application of lawful data transfer mechanisms for our customers who wish to transfer personal data to a third country (outside the EEA) in accordance with Article 45 or 46 of the GDPR, relies on entering into Standard Contractual Clauses or offer any alternative transfer solution if requested (for example, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield).
On July 16, 2020, the Court of Justice of the European Union issued a judgment declaring as “invalid” the European Commission’s Decision (EU) 2016/1250 of 12 July 2016 on the adequacy of the protection provided by the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield. As a result of that decision, the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield Framework is no longer a valid mechanism to comply with EU data protection requirements when transferring personal data from the European Union to the United States.
However, Awesome Gapps does not depend on the Privacy Shield mechanism. Instead, Awesome Gapps relies on the Standard Contractual Clauses to transfer all of its users’ EEA personal data in compliance with the GDPR. The Court confirmed that such Standard Contractual Clauses remain a valid data export mechanism. The Standard Contractual Clauses are referenced in and automatically apply through Awesome Gapps' Data Processing Addendum, which you can find here.
That means that our users can take comfort that their EEA personal data continues to be protected to European standards in compliance with applicable data protection laws, including GDPR.
HIPAA and BAA
Suppose you intend to use the Service for any purpose or in any manner involving Protected Health Information, as defined in the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (“HIPAA”). In that case, it is your responsibility to (a) execute a Business Associate Agreement with Google related to your HIPAA data stored in your Google Drive, and (b) execute a Business Associate Agreement with us related to your HIPAA data stored by you on the Service. To check what data the Service stores, please refer to this page: YAMM. To request a BAA to us, please fill in this Google Form, and you will automatically receive our standard BAA to sign.