** Note: The Social Index Pty Ltd is headquartered in Australia and is providing this Data Retention Policy to cover the processing of any data from subjects in the UK and EU that may use its website or services. The company does not currently have any employees in the UK or EU. When such time comes, the policy will be amended to cover this.
This Policy sets out the obligations of The Social Index Pty Ltd [(the “Company”)] regarding retention of personal data collected, held, and processed by the Company in accordance with EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
In addition to clause 4 and 7 below, you can request deletion of your data at any time, regardless of your location. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to request this.
The GDPR defines “personal data” as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a “data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier, or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural, or social identity of that natural person.
The GDPR also addresses “special category” personal data (also known as “sensitive” personal data). Such data includes, but is not necessarily limited to, data concerning the data subject’s race, ethnicity, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (if used for ID purposes), health, sex life, or sexual orientation.
Under the GDPR, personal data shall be kept in a form which permits the identification of data subjects for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the personal data is processed.
In addition, the GDPR includes the right for erasure or “the right to be forgotten”. Data subjects have the right to have their personal data erased (and to prevent the processing of that personal data) in the following circumstances:
(a) Where the personal data is no longer required for the purpose for which it was originally collected or processed;
(b) When the data subject withdraws their consent;
(c) When the data subject objects to the processing of their personal data and the Company has no overriding legitimate interest
(d) When the personal data is processed unlawfully (i.e. in breach of the GDPR); or
(e) When the personal data has to be erased to comply with a legal obligation.
This Policy sets out the type(s) of personal data held by the Company, the period(s) for which that personal data is to be retained, the criteria for establishing and reviewing such period(s), and when and how it is to be deleted or otherwise disposed of.
2. Aims and Objectives
The aims of this Policy are
(i) to set out limits for the retention of personal data;
(ii) to ensure that those limits, as well as further data subject rights to erasure, are complied with;
(iii) to ensure that the Company complies fully with its obligations and safeguard the rights of data subjects under the GDPR; and
(iv) to improve the speed and efficiency of managing data.
This Policy applies to all personal data held by the Company which is stored in the following ways and in the following locations:
(a) Third-party servers, operated by AWS and located in Australia and the USA;
(b) Laptop computers and other mobile devices provided by the Company to its employees
(c) Computers and mobile devices owned by employees, agents, and contractors;
4. Data Disposal
Upon the expiry of the data retention periods set out below in Part 7 of this Policy, or when a data subject exercises their right to have their personal data erased, personal data shall be deleted, destroyed, or otherwise disposed of as follows:
4.1 Personal data stored electronically (including any and all backups thereof) shall be permanently deleted; and
4.2 Personal data stored in hardcopy form shall be shredded and securely disposed of.
5. Data Retention
5.1 As stated above, and as required by law, the Company shall not retain any personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the purpose(s) for which that data is collected, held, and processed.
5.2 Different types of personal data, used for different purposes, will necessarily be retained for different periods (and its retention periodically reviewed), as set out below.
5.3 When establishing and/or reviewing retention periods, the following shall be taken into account:
(a) The objectives and requirements of the Company;
(b) The type of personal data in question;
(c) The purpose(s) for which the data in question is collected, held, and processed;
(d) The Company’s legal basis for collecting, holding, and processing that data; and
(e) The category or categories of data subject to whom the data relates.
(f) If a precise retention period cannot be fixed for a particular type of data, criteria shall be established by which the retention of the data will be determined, thereby ensuring that the data in question, and the retention of that data, can be regularly reviewed against those criteria.
(g) Notwithstanding the following defined retention periods, certain personal data may be deleted or otherwise disposed of prior to the expiry of its defined retention period where a decision is made within the Company to do so (whether in response to a request by a data subject or otherwise).
|Type of Data||Purpose of Data||Review Period||Retention Period or Criteria||Comments|
|Legal contracts||For the creation and management of contracts||Annual||6 years for contracts that are not executed by deed and 12 years for contracts that are executed by deed.|
|Audited financial statements, tax returns and assessments and banking records||As required for statutory accounting and tax purposes||Annual||7 years|
|Records establishing client’s identity for money laundering purposes||To meet statutory requirements.||Annual||5 years|
|Consents for the processing of personal and sensitive data.||To enable the provision of our services.||Annual||For as long as the data is being processed and up to 6 years afterwards.|
|Data required for delivery of Digital Footprint reports||To enable the provision of our services.||Annual||Detailed data is held for a maximum of 14 months, but usually shorter.
After that time, we store a copy of the final PDF report in our archive. This can be retrieved upon request.
Any other personally identifying information is deleted. Remaining data is anonymised and held for benchmarking purposes.
|Any reportable accident, death or injury in connection with work||To meet statutory requirements.||Annual||For at least three years from the date the report was made.|
|Insurance policies||To meet policy and statutory requirements.||Annual||Minimum of 3 years or as per statutory requirements.|
|Insurance claims||To meet policy and statutory requirements.||Annual||Minimum of 3 years or as per statutory requirements.|
|Emails||To enable the running of our company and services.||Annual||Personally identifying information is not currently stored/processed via email.|
|Local/personal network drives||To enable the running of our company and services.||Annual||Personally identifying information is not currently stored/processed via local/personal drives.|
|Shared/central drives||To enable the running of our company and services.||Annual||Personally identifying information is not currently stored/processed via shared/central drives.|
|Call recordings||To enable the running of our company and services.||Annual||Personally identifying information is not currently stored/processed via call recordings.|
|CRM data||To support marketing and customer management activities.||Annual||CRM data is held for as long as required to delivery effective services and marketing, as per the agreed consent. Contacts will be deleted within 3yrs of last contact.|
|Call recordings||To support training.||Annual||Personally identifying information is not currently stored/processed via call recordings.|
|Prospect data||To support marketing and customer management activities.||Annual||Prospect data is held for as long as it is deemed that a prospect may still reasonably convert. Contacts will be deleted within 3yrs of last contact.|
|Live chat history||To enable the running of our company and services.||Annual|
|Metrics data||To enable the running of our company and services.||Annual|
|Data protection requests||To meet data protection obligations||Annual||Requests are held for up to 3yrs.|
6. Roles and Responsibilities
6.2 The Data Protection Lead shall be directly responsible for ensuring compliance with the above data retention periods throughout the Company.
6.3 Any questions regarding this Policy, the retention of personal data, or any other aspect of GDPR compliance should be referred to the Data Protection Officer.
7. Implementation of Policy
This Policy shall be deemed effective as of 21 April 2021. No part of this Policy shall have retroactive effect and shall thus apply only to matters occurring on or after this date.
This Policy has been approved and authorised by:
|Date:||9 June 2022|
|Due for Review by:||9 June 2023|