Most businesses will collect data from their clients as part of their business activities. This can be something simple such as an email address to credit cards and even medical information. If you operate a business that handles any kind of information about your clients then you may be in need of a Data Processing Agreement. 

What Is A Data Processing Agreement? 

A Data Processing Agreement (DPA) is a legally binding agreement between a data controller and data processor. The data controller is usually a company and the data processor is a third party providing a service. The agreement essentially determines how the data will be handled, and other important matters depending on the specific arrangement you’ve made. 

Why Do I Need A Data Processing Agreement? 

The Privacy Act 1988 regulates how data is exchanged and used. As such, your business needs to take measures to ensure you’re compliant with this piece of legislation, as well as other relevant privacy laws. 

As a business, collecting and analysing data is a great way to keep your performance in check. So, having the right agreement in place will ensure that these activities are in line with the Privacy Act. 

If you have hired a company to process data and analyse it for you, then you will require one of these agreements. 

What Does A Data Processing Agreement Include? 

The agreement will determine how the data is managed lawfully. It will contain information regarding the specific data, the purpose for its analysis, the limitations around it and the information it’s being used to produce.  

A Data Processing Agreement ensures your business is going about everything ethically and legally. 

At Sprintlaw, we can prepare a Data Processing Agreement package  for use in your business. 

This package includes:

  • Drafting a Data Processing Agreement in accordance with your requirements
  • Phone consultations (up to 60 minutes) with a Sprintlaw lawyer who will answer your questions about the documents
  • 1x complimentary amendment to the final draft we provide you, as long as you request the amendment within 10 business days of us delivering the final draft

Need Help? 

Our award winning team of expert lawyers can answer any questions you have and get started on your data processing agreement. 

If you would like a consultation on your options going forward, you can reach us at 1800 730 617 or team@sprintlaw.com.au for a free, no-obligations chat.

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