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The General Data Protection Regulation issued by the European Union (“GDPR”) and effective 25 May, 2018, is a further evolutionary step in the protection of the privacy rights of individuals (for example, tighter restrictions around consent, the right to be forgotten, the type and amount of personal data that can be utilised, data access and security, etc.) beyond those protections that have already been in place for some time in the European Union and in many other countries around the world.
As such, the protection of personal data is, and always has been, a top priority for DJS Research Ltd. DJS Research is compliant with the guidance and requirements of the professional code of conduct applicable to all registered market research companies and all current existing local regulations, especially as far as the protection of respondents’ data is concerned.
DJS Research has taken a proactive approach to ensure the safeguarding and protection of the personal data of its customers, respondents and employees. Last year, DJS Research launched an internal quality programme led by a multidisciplinary team to work on achieving GDPR compliance by 25 May 2018, focusing on the European Economic Area (EEA) countries.
DJS Research has already taken many actions to comply with the GDPR and is fully GDPR compliant. These steps include:
1. The nomination of a Data Privacy Officer (DPO): on 1st September, 2017, DJS Research appointed Matt Coulling to the role of company Data Privacy Officer. The role of the DPO is to guide and coordinate DJS Research’s compliance efforts on data protection and privacy and to manage the quality control advocates over the head and satellite offices where DJS Research operates. Their mandate is to ensure that personal data are appropriately treated and protected.
2. Anonymised data and access security: DJS Research uses anonymisation techniques to protect respondents’ personal data as part of its data collection operations so that access is restricted to its fieldwork teams in its operations units solely on a need to know basis. DJS Research applies the same policy and care for customer provided samples and for DJS Research online panellists and off-line respondents.
NB - For our employees, the access to employees’ personal data is strictly limited to the relevant staff in charge of human resources management.
3. Employee training: DJS Research launched an extensive employee awareness program in March-April 2018 to ensure a high level of data protection awareness and data protection adherence across the DJS Research group. Our customers expect that DJS Research employees are compliant with GDPR and other applicable data protection legislation. DJS Research is implementing a worldwide training program concerning data protection (including GDPR requirements) for relevant staff.
4. Encryption: At DJS Research we have implemented various encryption solutions, notably on all employees’ laptops. Regarding its (software) applications, DJS Research has taken measures to fully harden all its servers and encrypt all personal data at rest and in transit, where necessary.
5. Suppliers: DJS Research enforces procedures in order to select suppliers processing personal data based on their capacity to comply with DJS Research Ltd’s data protection requirements. This means that all suppliers must sign an agreement with DJS Research including data protection clauses at least as strict as the ones DJS Research signs with its customers, and that no supplier can transfer any personal data outside the EEA unless they agree to appropriate safeguards and obtain customer consent. Additionally, our suppliers cannot subcontract part of the personal data processing services to sub-processors without DJS Research’s prior approval.
6. Data transfers: When a data transfer is required in a country recognised as not having an adequate level of data protection, DJS Research ensures that EU Standard Contractual Clauses are in place, implementing appropriate technical and organisational measures for the protection of the personal data.
DJS Research remains committed to protecting the personal data of its customers, respondents and employees. If you have any questions or require any further clarification, please contact our Data Privacy Officer, Matt Coulling - firstname.lastname@example.org
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