Data Breach Policy
This Policy and Plan aims to help us manage personal data breaches effectively. CLIDE holds Personal Data about our clients for a variety of business purposes.
CLIDE is committed not only to the letter of the law but also to the spirit of the law and places a high premium on the correct, lawful and fair handling of all Personal Data, respecting the legal rights, privacy and trust of all individuals with whom it deals.
A data breach generally refers to the unauthorised access and retrieval of information that may include corporate and / or personal data. Data breaches are generally recognised as one of the more costly security failures of organisations.
The regulations across the various jurisdictions in which CLIDE operates require CLIDE to make reasonable security arrangements to protect the personal data that we possess or control, to prevent unauthorised access, collection, use, disclosure, or similar risks.
This policy applies to all staff. You must be familiar with this policy and comply with its terms. This policy supplements our other policies relating to internet and email use. We may supplement or amend this policy by additional policies and guidelines from time to time. Any new or modified policy will be circulated to staff before being adopted.
As our Data Protection Officer, Aniket has overall responsibility for the day-to-day implementation of this policy.
All staff will receive training on this policy. New staff will receive training as part of the induction process. Further training will be provided at least every year or whenever there is a substantial change in the law or our policy and procedure.
Training is provided through an in-house seminar and online training on an annual basis, and covers the applicable laws relating to data protection, and CLIDE’ data protection and related policies and procedures.
Completion of training is compulsory.
If you have any questions or concerns about anything in this policy, do not hesitate to contact the DPO.
Applicable Legislation Considerations
Definition as per EU - Personal Data is: "any information relating to an individual, whether it relates to his or her private, professional or public life. It can be anything from a name, a home address, a photo, an email address, bank details, posts on social networking websites, medical information, or a computer’s IP address."
CLIDE defines Personal Data as the broader of the definitions contained in the GDPR.
CLIDE defines Sensitive Personal Data as the broader of the definitions contained in the GDPR.
Any use of sensitive Personal Data is to be strictly controlled in accordance with this policy.
While some data will always relate to an individual, other data may not, on its own, relate to an individual. Such data would not constitute Personal Data unless it is associated with, or made to relate to, a particular individual.
Generic information that does not relate to a particular individual may also form part of an individual’s Personal Data when combined with Personal Data or other information to enable an individual to be identified.
CLIDE don't gather personal information from individual / client / business associates like bank information, home address, medical information, social networking details.
Aggregated data is not Personal Data.
CLIDE gathers Personal Data for two purposes, to identify and protect the data given to us by our customers, and for internal operations.
Personal Data for accessing and using the app by the users and may include:
- User profile information such as Full name, Photograph, Mobile telephone number, and Business / Personal email address;
Data breaches may be caused by employees, parties external to the organisation, or application system errors.
Human Error causes include:
- Loss of computing devices (portable or otherwise), data storage devices, or paper records containing personal data
- Disclosing data to a wrong recipient
- Handling data in an unauthorised way (eg: downloading a local copy of personal data)
- Unauthorised access or disclosure of personal data by employees (eg: sharing a login)
- Improper disposal of personal data (eg: hard disk, storage media, or paper documents containing personal data sold or discarded before data is properly deleted)
Malicious causes include:
- Hacking incidents / Illegal access to databases containing personal data
- Hacking to access unauthorised data via the mobile and web App or API
- Theft of computing devices (portable or otherwise), data storage devices, or paper records containing personal data
- Scams that trick CLIDE staff into releasing personal data of individuals
Computer System Error
Computer System Error causes include:
- Errors or bugs in CLIDE’ Application, or API
- Failure of cloud services, cloud computing or cloud storage security / authentication / authorisation systems
All members of staff have an obligation to report actual or potential data protection compliance failures. This allows us to:
- Investigate the failure and take remedial steps if necessary
- Maintain a register of compliance failures
- Notify the Supervisory Authority of any compliance failures that are material either in their own right or as part of a pattern of failures
Data Breach Team
The Data Breach Team consists of the DPO / CTO / CEO. DPO has the responsibility to make all time-critical decisions on steps taken to contain and manage the incident.
The Data Breach Team should immediately be alerted of any confirmed or suspected data breach via email to DPO.
The notification should include the following information, where available:
- Extent of the data breach
- Type and volume of personal data involved
- Cause or suspected cause of the breach
- Whether the breach has been rectified
- Measures and processes that the organisation had put in place at the time of the breach
- Information on whether affected individuals of the data breach were notified and if not, when the organisation intends to do so
- Contact details of CLIDE staff with whom the supervisory authority can liaise for further information or clarification
Where specific information of the data breach is not yet available, CLIDE should send an interim notification comprising a brief description of the incident.
Notifications made by CLIDE or the lack of notification, as well as whether organisations have adequate recovery procedures in place, will affect supervising authorities’ decision(s) on whether an organisation has reasonably protected the personal data under its control or possession.
Responding to a Data Breach
DATA BREACH MANAGEMENT PLAN
Upon being notified of a (suspected or confirmed) data breach, the Data Breach Team should immediately activate the data breach & response plan.
CLIDE’ data breach management and response plan is:
- Confirm the Breach
- Contain the Breach
- Assess Risks and Impact
- Report the Incident
- Evaluate the Response & Recovery to Prevent Future Breaches
CONFIRM THE BREACH
The Data Breach Team (DBT) should act as soon as it is aware of a data breach. Where possible, it should first confirm that the data breach has occurred. It may make sense for the DBT to proceed Contain the Breach on the basis of an unconfirmed reported data breach, depending on the likelihood of the severity of risk.
CONTAIN THE BREACH
The DBT should consider the following measures to Contain the Breach, where applicable:
- Shut down the compromised system that led to the data breach.
- Establish whether steps can be taken to recover lost data and limit any damage caused by the breach. (eg: remotely disabling / wiping a lost notebook containing personal data of individuals.)
- Prevent further unauthorized access to the system.
- Reset passwords if accounts and / or passwords have been compromised.
- Isolate the causes of the data breach in the system, and where applicable, change the access rights to the compromised system and remove external connections to the system.
ASSESS RISKS AND IMPACT
Knowing the risks and impact of data breaches will help CLIDE determine whether there could be serious consequences to affected individuals, as well as the steps necessary to notify the individuals affected.
Risk and Impact on Individuals
- How many people / business account were affected?
A higher number may not mean a higher risk, but assessing this helps overall risk assessment.
- Whose personal data had been breached?
Does the personal data belong to employees, customers, or business associates? Different people will face varying levels of risk as a result of a loss of personal data.
- What types of personal data were involved?
This will help to ascertain if there are risk to reputation, identity theft, safety and/or financial loss of affected individuals.
- Any additional measures in place to minimise the impact of a data breach? eg: a lost device protected by a strong password or encryption could reduce the impact of a data breach.
Risk and Impact on organisations
- What caused the data breach?
Determining how the breach occurred (through theft, accident, unauthorized access, etc.) will help identify immediate steps to take to contain the breach and restore public confidence in a product or service.
- When and how often did the breach occur?
Examining this will help CLIDE better understand the nature of the breach (e.g. malicious or accidental).
- Who might gain access to the compromised personal data?
This will ascertain how the compromised data could be used. In particular, affected individuals must be notified if personal data is acquired by an unauthorized person.
- Will compromised data affect transactions with any other third parties?
Determining this will help identify if other organisations need to be notified.
REPORT THE INCIDENT
CLIDE is legally required to notify affected individuals if their personal data has been breached. This will encourage individuals to take preventive measures to reduce the impact of the data breach, and also help CLIDE rebuild client trust. No compensation towards the data breach will be offered in any case to individual, clients or business associates.
Who to Notify:
- Notify clients / individuals whose personal data have been compromised.
- The relevant authorities (eg: police) should be notified if criminal activity is suspected and evidence for investigation should be preserved (eg: hacking, theft or unauthorized system access by an employee.)
When to Notify:
- Notify affected individuals immediately if a data breach involves sensitive personal data. This allows them to take necessary actions early to avoid potential abuse of the compromised data.
- Notify affected individuals when the data breach is resolved
How to Notify:
- Use the most effective ways to reach out to affected individuals, taking into consideration the urgency of the situation and number of individuals affected (e.g. media releases, social media, mobile messaging, SMS, e-mails, telephone calls).
- Notifications should be simple to understand, specific, and provide clear instructions on what individuals can do to protect themselves.
What to Notify:
- How and when the data breach occurred, and the types of personal data involved in the data breach.
- What CLIDE has done or will be doing in response to the risks brought about by the data breach.
- Specific facts on the data breach where applicable, and actions individuals can take to prevent that data from being misused or abused.
- Contact details and how affected individuals can reach the organisation for further information or assistance (e.g. helpline numbers, e-mail addresses or website).
EVALUATE THE RESPONSE & RECOVERY TO PREVENT FUTURE BREACHES
After steps have been taken to resolve the data breach, CLIDE should review the cause of the breach and evaluate if existing protection and prevention measures and processes are sufficient to prevent similar breaches from occurring, and where applicable put a stop to practices which led to the data breach.
Operational and Policy Related Issues:
- Were audits regularly conducted on both physical and IT-related security measures?
- Are there processes that can be streamlined or introduced to limit the damage if future breaches happen or to prevent a relapse?
- Were there weaknesses in existing security measures identified.
- Were the methods for accessing and transmitting personal data sufficiently secure, eg: access limited to authorised personnel only?
- Should support services from external parties be enhanced, such as vendors and partners, to better protect personal data?
- Is there a need to develop new data-breach scenarios?
Resource Related Issues:
- Were sufficient resources allocated to manage the data breach?
- Should external resources be engaged to better manage such incidents?
- Were key personnel given sufficient resources to manage the incident?
Employee Related Issues:
- Were employees aware of security related issues?
- Was training provided on personal data protection matters and incident management skills?
- Were employees informed of the data breach and the learning points from the incident?
Management Related Issues:
- How was management involved in the management of the data breach?
- Was there a clear line of responsibility and communication during the management of the data breach?
Everyone must observe this policy.
The DPO has overall responsibility for this policy.
The DPO will review and monitor this policy regularly to make sure it is effective, relevant, and adhered to.
Consequences of failing to comply
We take compliance with this policy very seriously. Failure to comply puts both you and the organisation at risk.
The importance of this policy means that failure to comply with any requirement may lead to disciplinary action under our procedures which may result in dismissal.