SecOps Services Data Processing and Security Terms (Partners)
Covered services: Chronicle SIEM, Chronicle SOAR, Mandiant Solutions
These Data Processing and Security Terms, including their appendices (the “Terms”) are incorporated into the agreement under which Google has agreed to provide the Services and related technical support to Partner (the “Agreement”).
These Terms will be effective and replace any previously applicable data processing and security terms from the Terms Effective Date (as defined below).
2.1 Capitalized terms defined in the Agreement apply to these Terms. In addition, in these Terms:
- Additional Security Controls means security resources, features, functionality and/or controls that Partner may use at its option and/or as it determines, including encryption, logging, monitoring, and security scanning.
- Adequate Country means:
(a) for data processed subject to the EU GDPR: the EEA, or a country or territory recognized as ensuring adequate protection under the EU GDPR;
(b) for data processed subject to the UK GDPR: the UK, or a country or territory recognized as ensuring adequate protection under the UK GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018; and/or
(c) for data processed subject to the Swiss FDPA: Switzerland, or a country or territory that is: (i) included in the list of the states whose legislation ensures adequate protection as published by the Swiss Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner, or (ii) recognized as ensuring adequate protection by the Swiss Federal Council under the Swiss FDPA;
in each case, other than on the basis of an optional data protection framework.
- Alternative Transfer Solution means a solution, other than SCCs, that enables the lawful transfer of personal data to a third country in accordance with European Data Protection Law, for example a data protection framework recognized as ensuring that participating entities provide adequate protection.
- Audited Services means the then-current Services indicated as being in-scope for the relevant certification or report at https://cloud.google.com/security/compliance/secops/services-in-scope. Google may not remove a Service from this URL unless that Service has been discontinued in accordance with the Agreement.
- Data Incident means a breach of Google’s security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, Partner Data on systems managed by or otherwise controlled by Google.
- EEA means the European Economic Area.
- EMEA means Europe, the Middle East and Africa.
- EU GDPR means Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC.
- European Data Protection Law means, as applicable: (a) the GDPR; and/or (b) the Swiss FDPA.
- European Law means, as applicable: (a) EU or EU Member State law (if the EU GDPR applies to the processing of Partner Personal Data); and (b) the law of the UK or a part of the UK (if the UK GDPR applies to the processing of Partner Personal Data).
- GDPR means, as applicable: (a) the EU GDPR; and/or (b) the UK GDPR.
- Google’s Third Party Auditor means a Google-appointed, qualified and independent third party auditor, whose then-current identity Google will disclose to Partner.
- Instructions has the meaning given in Section 5.2.1 (Compliance with Partner’s Instructions).
- Non-European Data Protection Law means data protection or privacy laws in force outside the EEA, the UK and Switzerland.
- Notification Email Address means the email address(es) designated by Partner in the Order Form, to receive certain notifications from Google. Partner is responsible for notifying Google of any changes to ensure that its Notification Email Address remains current and valid.
- Partner End Users has the meaning given in the Agreement or, if no such meaning is given, has the meaning given to “End Users” in the Agreement.
- Partner-Engaged Provider means a service provider (which may include a processor or subprocessor) directly engaged by Partner under a separate agreement between Partner and such provider, and not these Terms.
- Partner Personal Data means the personal data contained within the Partner Data.
- Partner SCCs means the SCCs (Controller-to-Processor), the SCCs (Processor-to-Processor) and/or the SCCs (Processor-to-Controller), as applicable.
- SCCs means the Partner SCCs and/or SCCs (Processor-to-Processor, Google Exporter), as applicable.
- SCCs (Controller-to-Processor) means the terms at: https://cloud.google.com/terms/secops/sccs/eu-c2p.
- SCCs (Processor-to-Controller) means the terms at: https://cloud.google.com/terms/secops/sccs/eu-p2c.
- SCCs (Processor-to-Processor) means the terms at: https://cloud.google.com/terms/secops/sccs/eu-p2p.
- SCCs (Processor-to-Processor, Google Exporter) means the terms at: https://cloud.google.com/terms/secops/sccs/eu-p2p-google-exporter.
- Security Documentation means all documents and information made available by Google under Section 7.5.1 (Reviews of Security Documentation).
- Security Measures has the meaning given in Section 7.1.1 (Google’s Security Measures).
- Subprocessor means a third party authorized as another processor under these Terms to have logical access to and process Partner Data in order to provide parts of the Services and TSS.
- Supervisory Authority means, as applicable: (a) a “supervisory authority” as defined in the EU GDPR; and/or (b) the “Commissioner” as defined in the UK GDPR; and/or the Swiss FDPA.
- Swiss FDPA means the Federal Data Protection Act of 19 June 1992 (Switzerland).
- Term means the period from the Terms Effective Date until the end of Google’s provision of the Services, including, if applicable, any period during which provision of the Services may be suspended and any post-termination period during which Google may continue providing the Services for transitional purposes.
- Terms Effective Date means the date on which Partner accepted, or the parties otherwise agreed to, these Terms.
- UK GDPR means the EU GDPR as amended and incorporated into UK law under the UK European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 and applicable secondary legislation made under that Act.
2.2 The terms “personal data”, “data subject”, “processing”, “controller” and “processor” as used in these Terms have the meanings given in the GDPR irrespective of whether European Data Protection Law or Non-European Data Protection Law applies.
Regardless of whether the Agreement has terminated or expired, these Terms will remain in effect until, and automatically expire when, Google deletes all Partner Data as described in these Terms.
4. Scope of Data Protection Law
4.1 Application of European Law. The parties acknowledge that European Data Protection Law will apply to the processing of Partner Personal Data if, for example:
a. the processing is carried out in the context of the activities of an establishment of Partner or any of its Customers in the territory of the EEA or the UK; and/or
b. the Partner Personal Data is personal data relating to data subjects who are in the EEA or the UK and the processing relates to the offering to them of goods or services in the EEA or the UK, or the monitoring of their behavior in the EEA or the UK.
4.2 Application of Non-European Law. The parties acknowledge that Non-European Data Protection Law may also apply to the processing of Partner Personal Data.
4.3 Application of Terms. Except to the extent these Terms state otherwise, these Terms will apply irrespective of whether European Data Protection Law or Non-European Data Protection Law applies to the processing of Partner Personal Data.
5. Processing of Data
5.1 Roles and Regulatory Compliance; Authorization.
5.1.1 Processor and Controller Responsibilities. If European Data Protection Law applies to the processing of Partner Personal Data:
a. the subject matter and details of the processing are described in Appendix 1;
b. Google is a processor of that Partner Personal Data under European Data Protection Law;
c. Partner is a controller or processor, as applicable, of that Partner Personal Data under European Data Protection Law; and
d. each party will comply with the obligations applicable to it under European Data Protection Law with respect to the processing of that Partner Personal Data.
5.1.2 Processor Partners. If European Data Protection Law applies to the processing of Partner Personal Data and Partner is a processor:
a. Partner warrants on an ongoing basis that the relevant controller has authorized: (i) the Instructions, (ii) Partner’s appointment of Google as another processor, and (iii) Google’s engagement of Subprocessors as described in Section 11 (Subprocessors);
b. Partner will immediately forward to the relevant controller any notice provided by Google under Sections 5.2.2 (Instruction Notifications), 7.2.1 (Incident Notification), 9.2.1 (Responsibility for Requests), 11.4 (Opportunity to Object to Subprocessor Changes) or that refers to any SCCs; and
c. Partner may:
i. request access for the relevant controller to the Compliance Certification(s) in accordance with Section 7.5.3(a); and
ii. make available to the relevant controller any other information made available by Google under Sections 10.4 (Supplementary Measures and Information), 10.6 (Data Center Information) and 11.2 (Information about Subprocessors).
5.1.3 Responsibilities under Non-European Law. If Non-European Data Protection Law applies to either party’s processing of Partner Personal Data, the relevant party will comply with any obligations applicable to it under that law with respect to the processing of that Partner Personal Data.
5.2 Scope of Processing.
5.2.1 Compliance with Partner’s Instructions. Partner instructs Google to process Partner Data in accordance with the applicable Agreement (including these Terms) and applicable law only: (a) to provide, secure, and monitor the Services and TSS; and (b) as further specified via (i) Partner’s use of the Services and TSS, and (ii) any other written instructions given by Partner and acknowledged by Google as constituting instructions for purposes of these Terms (collectively, the “Instructions”). Google will comply with the Instructions unless prohibited by European Law.
5.2.2 Instruction Notifications. Without prejudice to Google’s obligations under Section 5.2.1 (Compliance with Customer’s Instructions) or any other rights or obligations of either party under the applicable Agreement, Google will immediately notify Partner if, in Google’s opinion: (a) European Law prohibits Google from complying with an Instruction; (b) an Instruction does not comply with European Data Protection Law; or (c) Google is otherwise unable to comply with an Instruction, in each case unless such notice is prohibited by European Law.
6. Data Deletion
6.1 Deletion by Partner. Google will enable Partner to delete Partner Data during the Term in a manner consistent with the functionality of the Services or upon request. If Partner uses the Services to delete any Partner Data during the Term and that Partner Data cannot be recovered by Partner, or if Partner requests deletion of any Partner Data during the Term, this use or request (as applicable) will constitute an Instruction to Google to delete the relevant Partner Data from Google’s systems in accordance with applicable law. Google will comply with this Instruction as soon as reasonably practicable and within a maximum period of 180 days, unless European Law requires storage.
6.2 Return or Deletion on Termination at the end of the Term; Data Export. On expiry of the Term, Partner instructs Google to delete all remaining Partner Data (including existing copies) from Google’s systems at the end of the Term in accordance with applicable law. After a recovery period of up to 30 days from that date, Google will comply with this Instruction as soon as reasonably practicable and within a maximum period of 180 days, unless European Law requires storage. Partner is responsible for notifying Google before the Term expires of any Partner Data that Partner wishes to export and, if Partner does so, Google will assist Partner in exporting such Partner Data.
7. Data Security
7.1 Google’s Security Measures, Controls and Assistance.
7.1.1 Google’s Security Measures. Google will implement and maintain technical, organizational and physical measures to protect Partner Data against accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure or access as described in Appendix 2 (the “Security Measures”). The Security Measures include measures to encrypt Partner Data; to help ensure ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of Google’s systems and services; to help restore timely access to Partner Data following an incident; and for regular testing of effectiveness. Google may update the Security Measures from time to time provided that such updates do not result in a material reduction of the security of the Services.
7.1.2 Access and Compliance. Google will: (a) authorize its employees, contractors and Subprocessors to access Partner Data only as strictly necessary to comply with Instructions; (b) take appropriate steps to ensure compliance with the Security Measures by its employees, contractors and Subprocessors to the extent applicable to their scope of performance, and (c) ensure that all persons authorized to process Partner Data are under an obligation of confidentiality.
7.1.3 Additional Security Controls. Google may make Additional Security Controls available to: (a) allow Partner to take steps to secure Partner Data; and (b) provide Partner with information about securing, accessing and using Partner Data.
7.1.4 Google’s Security Assistance. Google will (taking into account the nature of the processing of Partner Personal Data and the information available to Google) assist Partner in ensuring compliance with its (or, where Partner is a processor, the relevant controller’s) obligations under Articles 32 to 34 of the GDPR, by:
a. implementing and maintaining the Security Measures in accordance with Section 7.1.1 (Google’s Security Measures);
b. making Additional Security Controls (if any) available to Partner in accordance with Section 7.1.3 (Additional Security Controls);
c. complying with the terms of Section 7.2 (Data Incidents);
d. providing Partner with the Security Documentation in accordance with Section 7.5.1 (Reviews of Security Documentation) and the information contained in the Agreement including these Terms; and
e. if subsections (a)-(d) above are insufficient for Partner (or the relevant controller) to comply with such obligations, upon Partner’s request, providing Partner with additional reasonable cooperation and assistance.
7.2 Data Incidents.
7.2.1 Incident Notification. Google will notify Partner promptly and without undue delay after becoming aware of a Data Incident, and promptly take reasonable steps to minimize harm and secure Partner Data.
7.2.2 Details of Data Incident. Google’s notification of a Data Incident will describe: the nature of the Data Incident including the Partner resources impacted; the measures Google has taken or plans to take, to address the Data Incident and mitigate its potential risk; the measures, if any, Google recommends that Partner take to address the Data Incident; and details of a contact point where more information can be obtained. If it is not possible to provide all such information at the same time, Google’s initial notification will contain the information then available and further information will be provided without undue delay as it becomes available.
7.2.3 Delivery of Notification. Notification(s) of any Data Incident(s) will be delivered to the Notification Email Address.
7.2.4 No Assessment of Partner Data by Google. Google has no obligation to assess Partner Data in order to identify information subject to any specific legal requirements.
7.2.5 No Acknowledgement of Fault by Google. Google’s notification of or response to a Data Incident under this Section 7.2 (Data Incidents) will not be construed as an acknowledgement by Google of any fault or liability with respect to the Data Incident.
7.3 Partner’s Security Responsibilities and Assessment.
7.3.1 Partner’s Security Responsibilities. Without prejudice to Google’s obligations under Sections 7.1 (Google’s Security Measures, Controls and Assistance) and 7.2 (Data Incidents), and elsewhere in the Agreement, Partner is responsible for its and its Customers’ use of the Services and its and their storage of any copies of Partner Data outside Google’s or Google’s Subprocessors’ systems, including:
a. using the Services and Additional Security Controls (if any) to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk to the Partner Data;
b. securing the account authentication credentials, systems and devices Partner and its Customers use to access the Services; and
c. backing up its Partner Data as appropriate.
7.3.2 Partner’s Security Assessment. Partner agrees that the Services, Security Measures implemented and maintained by Google Additional Security Controls (if any) and Google’s commitments under this Section 7 (Data Security) provide a level of security appropriate to the risk to Partner Data (taking into account the state of the art, the costs of implementation and the nature, scope, context and purposes of the processing of Partner Personal Data as well as the risks to individuals).
7.4 Compliance Certification. Google maintains the following for the Audited Services in order to evaluate the continued effectiveness of the Security Measures: https://cloud.google.com/security/compliance/secops/services-in-scope (the “Compliance Certification(s)”). Google may at any time (a) add standards, certificates or reports or (b) replace a Compliance Certification with an equivalent or enhanced alternative.
7.5 Reviews and Audits of Compliance.
7.5.1 Reviews of Security Documentation. Google will make the Compliance Certification(s) available for review by Partner to demonstrate compliance by Google with its obligations under these Terms.
7.5.2 Partner’s Audit Rights.
a. If European Data Protection Law applies to the processing of Partner Personal Data, Google will allow Partner or an independent auditor appointed by Partner to conduct audits (including inspections) to verify Google’s compliance with its obligations under these Terms in accordance with Section 7.5.3 (Additional Business Terms for Reviews and Audits). During an audit, Google will make available all information necessary to demonstrate such compliance and contribute to the audit as described in Section 7.4 (Compliance Certification) and this Section 7.5 (Reviews and Audits of Compliance).
b. If Partner SCCs apply as described in Section 10.2 (Restricted European Transfers), Google will allow Partner (or an independent auditor appointed by Partner) to conduct audits as described in those SCCs and, during an audit, make available all information required by those SCCs, both in accordance with Section 7.5.3 (Additional Business Terms for Reviews and Audits).
c. Partner may conduct an audit to verify Google’s compliance with its obligations under these Terms by reviewing the Security Documentation (which reflects the outcome of audits conducted by Google’s Third Party Auditor).
7.5.3 Additional Business Terms for Reviews and Audits.
a. Partner must send any requests for reviews of the Compliance Certification(s) under Section 5.1.2(c)(i) or 7.5.1, or audits under Section 7.5.2(a) or 7.5.2(b), to Google’s Cloud Data Protection Team as described in Section 12 (Cloud Data Protection Team; Processing Records).
b. Following receipt by Google of a request under Section 7.5.3(a), Google and Partner will discuss and agree in advance on: (i) the reasonable date(s) of and security and confidentiality controls applicable to any review of the Compliance Certification(s) under Section 5.1.2(c)(i) or 7.5.1; and (ii) the reasonable start date, scope and duration of and security and confidentiality controls applicable to any audit under Section 7.5.2(a) or 7.5.2(b).
c. Google may charge a fee (based on Google’s reasonable costs) for any audit under Section 7.5.2(a) or 7.5.2(b). Google will provide Partner with further details of any applicable fee, and the basis of its calculation, in advance of any such audit. Partner will be responsible for any fees charged by any auditor appointed by Partner to execute any such audit.
d. Google may object in writing to an auditor appointed by Partner to conduct any audit under Section 7.5.2(a) or 7.5.2(b) if the auditor is, in Google’s reasonable opinion, not suitably qualified or independent, a competitor of Google, or otherwise manifestly unsuitable. Any such objection by Google will require Partner to appoint another auditor or conduct the audit itself.
8. Impact Assessments and Consultations
Google will (taking into account the nature of the processing and the information available to Google) assist Partner in ensuring compliance with its (or, where Partner is a processor, the relevant controller’s) obligations under Articles 35 and 36 of the GDPR, by:
a. providing Additional Security Controls (if any) in accordance with Section 7.1.3 (Additional Security Controls) and the Security Documentation in accordance with Section 7.5.1 (Reviews of Security Documentation);
b. providing the information contained in the Agreement (including these Terms); and
c. if subsections (a) and (b) above are insufficient for Partner (or the relevant controller) to comply with such obligations, upon Partner’s request, providing Partner with additional reasonable cooperation and assistance.
9. Access etc.; Data Subject Rights
9.1 Access; Rectification; Restricted Processing. During the Term, Google will enable Partner, in a manner consistent with the functionality of the Services, to access, rectify and restrict processing of Partner Data, including as described in Section 6.1 (Deletion by Partner). If Partner becomes aware that any Partner Personal Data is inaccurate or outdated, and cannot rectify that data using the functionality of the Services or as described in Section 6.1 (Deletion by Partner), Partner will be responsible for notifying Google and Google will assist Partner in rectifying that data if required by applicable European Data Protection Law.
9.2 Data Subject Requests.
9.2.1 Responsibility for Requests. During the Term, if Google’s Cloud Data Protection Team receives a request from a data subject that relates to Partner Personal Data and identifies Partner, Google will: (a) advise the data subject to submit their request to Partner; (b) promptly notify Partner; and (c) not otherwise respond to that data subject’s request without authorization from Partner. Partner will be responsible for responding to any such request including, where necessary, by using the functionality of the Services.
9.2.2 Google’s Data Subject Request Assistance. Google will (taking into account the nature of the processing of Partner Personal Data) assist Partner in fulfilling its (or, where Partner is a processor, the relevant controller’s) obligations under Chapter III of the GDPR to respond to requests for exercising the data subject’s rights by:
a. providing Additional Security Controls (if any) in accordance with Section 7.1.3 (Additional Security Controls);
b. complying with Sections 9.1 (Access; Rectification; Restricted Processing) and 9.2.1 ( Responsibility for Requests); and
c. if subsections (a) and (b) above are insufficient for Partner (or the relevant controller) to comply with such obligations, upon Partner’s request, providing Partner with additional reasonable cooperation and assistance.
10. Data Transfers
10.1 Data Storage and Processing Facilities. Subject to Google’s data location commitments under the SecOps Service Specific Terms and the remainder of this Section 10 (Data Transfers), Partner Data may be processed in any country in which Google or its Subprocessors maintain facilities.
10.2 Restricted European Transfers. The parties acknowledge that European Data Protection Law does not require SCCs or an Alternative Transfer Solution in order for Partner Personal Data to be processed in or transferred to an Adequate Country. If Partner Personal Data is transferred to any other country and European Data Protection Law applies to the transfers (“Restricted European Transfers”), then:
a. if Google has adopted an Alternative Transfer Solution for any Restricted European Transfers, then Google will inform Partner of the relevant solution and ensure that such Restricted European Transfers are made in accordance with it; and/or
b. if Google has not adopted, or informs Partner that Google is no longer adopting, an Alternative Transfer Solution for any Restricted European Transfers, then:
i. if Google’s address is in an Adequate Country:
A. the SCCs (Processor-to-Processor, Google Exporter) will apply with respect to such Restricted European Transfers from Google to Subprocessors; and
B. in addition, if Partner’s billing address is not in an Adequate Country, the SCCs (Processor-to-Controller) will apply (regardless of whether Partner is a controller and/or processor) with respect to such Restricted European Transfers between Google and Partner; or
ii. if Google’s address is not in an Adequate Country, the SCCs (Controller-to-Processor) and/or SCCs (Processor-to-Processor) will apply (according to whether Partner is a controller and/or processor) with respect to such Restricted European Transfers between Google and Partner:
10.4 Supplementary Measures and Information. Google will provide Partner with information relevant to Restricted European Transfers, including information about Additional Security Controls and other supplementary measures to protect Partner Personal Data as described in Section 7.5.1 (Reviews of Security Documentation).
10.5 Termination. If Partner concludes, based on its current or intended use of the Services, that the Alternative Transfer Solution and/or SCCs, as applicable, do not provide appropriate safeguards for Partner Personal Data, then Partner may immediately terminate the Agreement for convenience by notifying Google.
10.6 Data Center Information. The locations of Google’s data centers are described at: https://cloud.google.com/about/locations/ (as may be updated from time to time).
11.1 Consent to Subprocessor Engagement. Partner specifically authorizes the engagement as Subprocessors of those entities disclosed under Section 11.2 (Information about Subprocessors) as of the Terms Effective Date. In addition, without prejudice to Section 11.4 (Opportunity to Object to Subprocessor Changes), Partner generally authorizes the engagement of other third parties as Subprocessors (“New Subprocessors”).
11.2 Information about Subprocessors. Names, locations and activities of Subprocessors are described, at https://cloud.google.com/terms/secops/subprocessors (as may be updated by Google from time to time in accordance with these Terms).
11.3 Requirements for Subprocessor Engagement. When engaging any Subprocessor, Google will:
a. ensure via a written contract that:
i. the Subprocessor only accesses and uses Partner Data to the extent required to perform the obligations subcontracted to it, and does so in accordance with the Agreement (including these Terms); and
ii. if the processing of Partner Data is subject to European Data Protection Law, the data protection obligations described in these Terms (as referred to in Article 28(3) of the GDPR, if applicable), are imposed on the Subprocessor; and
b. remain fully liable for all obligations subcontracted to, and all acts and omissions of, the Subprocessor.
11.4 Opportunity to Object to Subprocessor Changes.
a. When any New Subprocessor is engaged during the Term, Google will, at least 30 days before the New Subprocessor starts processing any Partner Data, notify Partner of the engagement (including the name, location and the activities of the New Subprocessor).
b. Partner may, within 90 days after being notified of the engagement of a New Subprocessor, object by immediately terminating the Agreement for convenience by notifying Google.
12. Cloud Data Protection Team; Processing Records
12.1 Cloud Data Protection Team. Google’s Cloud Data Protection Team will provide prompt and reasonable assistance with any Partner queries related to processing of Partner Data under the Agreement and can be contacted at https://support.google.com/cloud/contact/dpo (and/or via such other means as Google may provide from time to time).
12.2 Google’s Processing Records. Google will keep appropriate documentation of its processing activities as required by the GDPR. To the extent the GDPR requires Google to collect and maintain records of certain information relating to Partner or its Customers, Partner will (i) supply such information and keep it accurate and up-to-date either via the user interface of the Services or via such other means as may be provided by Google, and (ii) promptly reply to Google upon request for such information. Google may make any such information available to the Supervisory Authorities if required by the GDPR.
12.3 Controller Requests. During the Term, if Google’s Cloud Data Protection Team receives a request or instruction from a third party purporting to be a controller of Partner Personal Data, Google will advise the third party to contact Partner.
13.1 Precedence. To the extent of any conflict or inconsistency between:
a. these Terms and the remainder of the Agreement, these Terms will prevail; and
b. any Partner SCCs (which are incorporated by reference into these Terms) and the remainder of the Agreement (including these Terms), the Partner SCCs will prevail.
13.2 Legacy UK SCCs. The supplementary terms for UK GDPR transfers in the SCCs will, as of 21 September 2022, supersede and terminate any standard contractual clauses approved under the UK GDPR or Data Protection Act 2018 and previously entered into by Partner and Google.
13.3 No Modification of SCCs. Nothing in the Agreement (including these Terms) is intended to modify or contradict any SCCs or prejudice the fundamental rights or freedoms of data subjects under European Data Protection Law.
13.4 Customers. For the avoidance of doubt, Customers are not third party beneficiaries of these Terms.
Appendix 1: Subject Matter and Details of the Data Processing
Google’s provision of the Services and TSS to Partner.
Duration of the Processing
The Term plus the period from the end of the Term until deletion of all Partner Data by Google in accordance with the Terms.
Nature and Purpose of the Processing
Google will process Partner Personal Data for the purposes of providing the Services and TSS to Partner in accordance with the Terms.
Categories of Data
Data relating to individuals provided to Google via the Services, by (or at the direction of) Partner or its Customers or by Partner End Users.
Data subjects include the individuals about whom data is provided to Google via the Services by (or at the direction of) Partner or its Customers or by Partner End Users.
Appendix 2: Security Measures
As from the Terms Effective Date, Google will implement and maintain the Security Measures described in this Appendix 2. For clarity, and without limiting Google’s obligations under Section 11 (Subprocessors) of these Terms, this Appendix 2 does not describe the measures implemented or security or controls provided by any Customer-Engaged Provider.
1. Data Center and Network Security
(a) Google Data Centers.
Infrastructure. Google maintains geographically distributed data centers. Google stores all production data in Google’s physically secure data centers.
Redundancy. Infrastructure systems have been designed to eliminate single points of failure and minimize the impact of anticipated environmental risks. Dual circuits, switches, networks or other necessary devices help provide this redundancy. The Services are designed to allow Google to perform certain types of preventative and corrective maintenance without interruption. All environmental equipment and facilities have documented preventative maintenance procedures that detail the process for and frequency of performance in accordance with the manufacturer’s or internal specifications. Preventative and corrective maintenance of the data center equipment is scheduled through a standard change process according to documented procedures.
Power. The data center electrical power systems are designed to be redundant and maintainable without impact to continuous operations, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In most cases, a primary as well as an alternate power source, each with equal capacity, is provided for critical infrastructure components in the data center. Backup power is provided by various mechanisms such as uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) batteries, which supply consistently reliable power protection during utility brownouts, blackouts, over voltage, under voltage, and out-of-tolerance frequency conditions. If utility power is interrupted, backup power is designed to provide transitory power to the data center, at full capacity, for up to 10 minutes until the backup generator systems take over. The backup generators are capable of automatically starting up within seconds to provide enough emergency electrical power to run the data center at full capacity typically for a period of days.
Server Operating Systems. Google servers use a Linux based implementation customized for the application environment. Data is stored using proprietary algorithms to augment data security and redundancy. Google employs a code review process to increase the security of the code used to provide the Services and enhance the security products in production environments.
Businesses Continuity. Google has designed and regularly plans and tests its business continuity planning/disaster recovery programs.
(b) Google Networks and Transmission.
Data Transmission. Data centers are typically connected via high-speed private links to provide secure and fast data transfer between data centers. This is designed to prevent data from being read, copied, altered or removed without authorization during electronic transfer or transport or while being recorded onto data storage media. Google transfers data via Internet standard protocols.
External Attack Surface. Google employs multiple layers of network devices and intrusion detection to protect its external attack surface. Google considers potential attack vectors and incorporates appropriate purpose built technologies into external facing systems.
Intrusion Detection. Intrusion detection is intended to provide insight into ongoing attack activities and provide adequate information to respond to incidents. Google’s intrusion detection involves:
- tightly controlling the size and make-up of Google’s attack surface through preventative measures;
- employing intelligent detection controls at data entry points; and
- employing technologies that automatically remedy certain dangerous situations.
Incident Response. Google monitors a variety of communication channels for security incidents, and Google’s security personnel will react promptly to known incidents.
Encryption Technologies. Google makes HTTPS encryption (also referred to as SSL or TLS connection) available.
2. Access and Site Controls
(a) Site Controls.
On-site Data Center Security Operation. Google’s data centers maintain an on-site security operation responsible for all physical data center security functions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The on-site security operation personnel monitor closed circuit TV (CCTV) cameras and all alarm systems. On-site security operation personnel perform internal and external patrols of the data center regularly.
Data Center Access Procedures. Google maintains formal access procedures for allowing physical access to the data centers. The data centers are housed in facilities that require electronic card key access, with alarms that are linked to the on-site security operation. All entrants to the data center are required to identify themselves as well as show proof of identity to on-site security operations. Only authorized employees, contractors and visitors are allowed entry to the data centers. Only authorized employees and contractors are permitted to request electronic card key access to these facilities. Data center electronic card key access requests must be made through e-mail, and require the approval of the requestor’s manager and the data center director. All other entrants requiring temporary data center access must: (i) obtain approval in advance from the data center managers for the specific data center and internal areas they wish to visit; (ii) sign in at on-site security operations; and (iii) reference an approved data center access record identifying the individual as approved.
On-site Data Center Security Devices. Google’s data centers employ a dual authentication access control system that is linked to a system alarm. The access control system monitors and records each individual’s electronic card key and when they access perimeter doors, shipping and receiving, and other critical areas. Unauthorized activity and failed access attempts are logged by the access control system and investigated, as appropriate. Authorized access throughout the business operations and data centers is restricted based on zones and the individual’s job responsibilities. The fire doors at the data centers are alarmed. CCTV cameras are in operation both inside and outside the data centers. The positioning of the cameras has been designed to cover strategic areas including, among others, the perimeter, doors to the data center building, and shipping/receiving. On-site security operations personnel manage the CCTV monitoring, recording and control equipment. Secure cables throughout the data centers connect the CCTV equipment. Cameras record on site via digital video recorders 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The surveillance records are retained for up to 30 days based on activity.
(b) Access Control.
Infrastructure Security Personnel. Google has, and maintains, a security policy for its personnel, and requires security training as part of the training package for its personnel. Google’s infrastructure security personnel are responsible for the ongoing monitoring of Google’s security infrastructure, the review of the Services, and responding to security incidents.
Access Control and Privilege Management. Partner’s administrators and Partner End Users must authenticate themselves via a central authentication system or via a single sign on system in order to use the Services.
Internal Data Access Processes and Policies – Access Policy. Google’s internal data access processes and policies are designed to prevent unauthorized persons and/or systems from gaining access to systems used to process Partner Data. Google designs its systems to (i) only allow authorized persons to access data they are authorized to access; and (ii) ensure that Partner Data cannot be read, copied, altered or removed without authorization during processing, use and after recording. The systems are designed to detect any inappropriate access. Google employs a centralized access management system to control personnel access to production servers, and only provides access to a limited number of authorized personnel. Google’s authentication and authorization systems utilize SSH certificates and security keys, and are designed to provide Google with secure and flexible access mechanisms. These mechanisms are designed to grant only approved access rights to site hosts, logs, data and configuration information. Google requires the use of unique user IDs, strong passwords, two factor authentication and carefully monitored access lists to minimize the potential for unauthorized account use. The granting or modification of access rights is based on: the authorized personnel’s job responsibilities; job duty requirements necessary to perform authorized tasks; and a need to know basis. The granting or modification of access rights must also be in accordance with Google’s internal data access policies and training. Approvals are managed by workflow tools that maintain audit records of all changes. Access to systems is logged to create an audit trail for accountability. Where passwords are employed for authentication (e.g., login to workstations), password policies that follow at least industry standard practices are implemented. These standards include restrictions on password reuse and sufficient password strength. For access to extremely sensitive information (e.g., credit card data), Google uses hardware tokens.
(a) Data Storage, Isolation and Logging. Google stores data in a multi-tenant environment on Google-owned servers. Subject to any Instructions to the contrary (e.g., in the form of a data location selection), Google replicates Partner Data between multiple geographically dispersed data centers. Google also logically isolates Partner Data. Partner will be given control over specific data sharing policies. Those policies, in accordance with the functionality of the Services, will enable Partner to determine the product sharing settings applicable to Partner End Users for specific purposes.
(b) Decommissioned Disks and Disk Erase Policy. Disks containing data may experience performance issues, errors or hardware failure that lead them to be decommissioned (“Decommissioned Disk”). Every Decommissioned Disk is subject to a series of data destruction processes (the “Disk Erase Policy”) before leaving Google’s premises either for reuse or destruction. Decommissioned Disks are erased in a multi-step process and verified complete by at least two independent validators. The erase results are logged by the Decommissioned Disk’s serial number for tracking. Finally, the erased Decommissioned Disk is released to inventory for reuse and redeployment. If, due to hardware failure, the Decommissioned Disk cannot be erased, it is securely stored until it can be destroyed. Each facility is audited regularly to monitor compliance with the Disk Erase Policy.
4. Personnel Security
Google personnel are required to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the company’s guidelines regarding confidentiality, business ethics, appropriate usage, and professional standards. Google conducts reasonably appropriate background checks to the extent legally permissible and in accordance with applicable local labor law and statutory regulations.
Personnel are required to execute a confidentiality agreement and must acknowledge receipt of, and compliance with, Google’s confidentiality and privacy policies. Personnel are provided with security training. Personnel handling Partner Data are required to complete additional requirements appropriate to their role (e.g., certifications). Google’s personnel will not process Partner Data without authorization.
5. Subprocessor Security
Before onboarding Subprocessors, Google conducts an audit of the security and privacy practices of Subprocessors to ensure they provide a level of security and privacy appropriate to their access to data and the scope of the services they are engaged to provide. Once Google has assessed the risks presented by the Subprocessor, then subject to the requirements described in Section 11.3 (Requirements for Subprocessor Engagement) of these Terms, the Subprocessor is required to enter into appropriate security, confidentiality and privacy contract terms.