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This Data Processing Addendum (“Addendum”) is by and between the customer that electronically accepts or otherwise agrees or opts-in to this DPA (“Customer”), and Needls Inc., a Canadian corporation (“Needls”) (collectively referred to as the “Parties”), sets forth the terms and conditions relating to the privacy, confidentiality and security of Personal Data (as defined below) associated with services to be rendered by Needls to Customer.

Whereas, Customer or its employees, agents, consultants or contractors (collectively, “Customer Personnel”) shall provide Needls with access to Personal Data in connection with certain services performed by Needls for or on behalf of Customer pursuant to the Master Agreement; and

Whereas, Customer requires that Needls preserve and maintain the privacy, confidentiality and security of such Personal Data.

Now therefor, in consideration of the mutual covenants and agreements in this Addendum and the Master Agreement and for other good and valuable consideration, the sufficiency of which is hereby acknowledged, Customer and Needls agree as follows:

I. Definitions

(A) “Applicable Law” means all applicable European Union (“EU”) or national laws and regulations relating to the privacy, confidentiality, security and protection of Personal Data, including, without limitation: the European Union (“EU”) General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (“GDPR”), with effect from 25 May 2018, and EU Member State laws supplementing the GDPR; the EU Directive 2002/58/EC (“e-Privacy Directive”), as replaced from time to time, and EU Member State laws implementing the e-Privacy Directive, including laws regulating the use of cookies and other tracking means as well as unsolicited e-mail communications.

(B) “Data Controller” means a person who alone or jointly with others determines the purposes and means of the Processing of Personal Data.

(C) “Data Processor” means a person who Processes Personal Data on behalf of the Data Controller.

(D) “Data Security Measures” means technical and organizational measures that are aimed at ensuring a level of security of Personal Data that is appropriate to the risk of the Processing, including protecting Personal Data against accidental or unlawful loss, misuse, unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration, destruction, and all other forms of unlawful Processing, including measures to ensure the confidentiality of Personal Data.

(E) “Data Subject” means an identified or identifiable natural person to which the Personal Data pertain.

(F) “Instructions” means this Addendum and any further written agreement or documentation through which the Data Controller instructs the Data Processor to perform specific Processing of Personal Data

(G) “Notification Related Costs” means Customer’s and its affiliates’ internal and external costs associated with investigating, addressing and responding to a Personal Data Breach, including but not limited to: (i) preparation and mailing or other transmission of any notifications or other communications to customers, potential customers, clients, employees, agents or others as Customer deems reasonably appropriate; (ii) establishment of a call center or other communications procedures in response to such Personal Data Breach (e.g., customer service FAQs, talking points and training); (iii) public relations and other similar crisis management services; (iv) legal, accounting, consulting and forensic expert fees and expenses associated with the Customer’s and its affiliates’ investigation of and response to such Personal Data Breach; and (v) costs for commercially reasonable credit monitoring, identity protection services or similar services that Customer determines are advisable under the circumstances.

(H) “Personal Data” means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person Processed by Needls in accordance with Customer’s Instructions pursuant to this Addendum; an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as 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.

(I) “Personal Data Breach” a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorized disclosure of, or access to, Personal Data transmitted, stored or otherwise Processed.

(J) “Process”, “Processed”, or “Processing” means any operation or set of operations performed upon Personal Data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, organization, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.

(K) “Sub-Processor” means the entity engaged by the Data Processor or any further Sub-Processor to Process Personal Data on behalf and under the authority of the Data Controller.

II. Roles and Responsibilities of the Parties

(A) The Parties acknowledge and agree that Customer is acting as a Data Controller, and has the sole and exclusive authority to determine the purposes and means of the Processing of Personal Data Processed under this Addendum, and Needls is acting as a Data Processor on behalf and under the Instructions of Customer.

(B) Any Personal Data will at all times be and remain the sole property of Customer and Needls will not have or obtain any rights therein.

III. Obligation of Needls

Needls agrees and warrants to:

(A) Process Personal Data disclosed to it by Customer only on behalf of and in accordance with the Instructions of the Data Controller and Annex 1 of this Addendum, unless Needls is otherwise required by Applicable Law, in which case Needls shall inform Customer of that legal requirement before Processing the Personal Data, unless informing the Customer is prohibited by law on important grounds of public interest. Needls shall immediately inform Customer if, in Needls’s opinion, an Instruction provided infringes Applicable Law.

(B) Hold in strict confidence (i) the existence and terms of the Master Agreement (including this Addendum), and any related agreement, and (ii) any and all Personal Data.

(C) Ensure that any person authorized by Needls to Process Personal Data in the context of the Services is only granted access to Personal Data on a need-to-know basis, is subject to a duly enforceable contractual or statutory confidentiality obligation, and only processes Personal Data in accordance with the Instructions of the Data Controller.

(D) Not transfer Personal Data outside the country from which Customer or its Personnel originally delivered to Needls, or from which Needls otherwise accessed or obtained such Personal Data or, if it was originally delivered to a location inside the European Economic Area (“EEA”) or Switzerland, outside the EEA or Switzerland), for Processing without the explicit written consent of Customer (where such consent is deemed to have been granted in respect of the jurisdictions listed in Annex 1). Needls shall enter into any written agreements as are necessary (in Customer’s reasonable determination) to comply with Applicable Law concerning any cross-border transfer of Personal Data, whether to or from Needls.

(E) Inform Customer promptly and without undue delay of any formal requests from Data Subjects exercising their rights of access, correction or erasure of their Personal Data, their right to restrict or to object to the Processing as well as their right to data portability, and not respond to such requests, unless instructed by the Customer in writing to do so. Taking into account the nature of the Processing of Personal Data, Needls shall assist Customer, by appropriate technical and organizational measures, insofar as possible, in fulfilling Customer’s obligations to respond to a Data Subject’s request to exercise their rights with respect to their Personal Data.

(F) Notify Customer immediately in writing of any subpoena or other judicial or administrative order by a government authority or proceeding seeking access to or disclosure of Personal Data. Customer shall have the right to defend such action in lieu of and on behalf of Needls. Customer may, if it so chooses, seek a protective order. Needls shall reasonably cooperate with Customer in such defence.

(G) Provide reasonable assistance to Customer, at Customer’s cost, in complying with Customer’s obligations under Applicable Law.

(H) Maintain internal record(s) of Processing activities, copies of which shall be provided to Customer by Needls or to supervisory authorities upon request. Such records must contain at least: (i) the name and contact details of Needls; (ii) the categories of Processing activities carried out under this Addendum; (iii) information on data transfers to a third country or a third party, where applicable; and (iv) a general description of the Data Security Measures implemented to protect Personal Data Processed under this Addendum.

IV. Sub-Processing

(A) Needls shall not share, transfer, disclose, make available or otherwise provide access to any Personal Data to any third party, or contract any of its rights or obligations concerning Personal Data, unless Needls has entered into a written agreement with each such third party that imposes obligations on the third party that are the same as those imposed on Needls under this Addendum. Needls shall only retain third parties that are capable of appropriately protecting the privacy, confidentiality and security of the Personal Data. Needls current list of Sub-Processors is set out in Annex 1, and shall update Customer in the event of any changes to its Sub-Processors.

V. Compliance with Applicable Laws

(A) Each party shall comply with all Applicable Laws.

(B) Needls represents and warrants that no Applicable Law, or legal requirement, or privacy or information security enforcement action, investigation, litigation or claim prohibits Needls from fulfilling its obligations under this Addendum.

VI. Data Security

(A) Needls shall develop, maintain and implement a comprehensive written information security program that complies with Applicable Law. Needls’s information security program shall include appropriate administrative, technical, physical, organizational and operational safeguards and other security measures designed to (i) ensure the security and confidentiality of Personal Data; (ii) protect against any anticipated threats or hazards to the security and integrity of Personal Data; and (iii) protect against any Personal Data Breach, including, as appropriate:

  1. The pseudonymisation and encryption of the Personal Data;
  2. The ability to ensure the ongoing confidentiality, integrity, availability and resilience of Processing systems and services;
  3. The ability to restore the availability and access to the Personal Data in a timely manner in the event of a physical or technical incident; and
  4. A process for regularly testing, assessing and evaluating the effectiveness of technical and organizational measures adopted pursuant to this provision for ensuring the security of the Processing.

Needls shall adopt all reasonable recommendations Customer may make concerning Data Security Measures, programs and procedures to ensure ongoing compliance with this Addendum provided, however, that any material changes to Customer’s requirements shall be Processed through the Change Control Procedures.

(B) Needls shall supervise Needls personnel to the extent required to maintain appropriate privacy, confidentiality and security of Personal Data. Needls shall provide training, as appropriate, regarding the privacy, confidentiality and information security requirements set forth in this Addendum to all Needls personnel who have access to Personal Data.

(C) Promptly upon the expiration or earlier termination of the Master Agreement, or such earlier time as Customer requests, Needls shall return to Customer or its designee, or at Customer’s request, securely destroy or render unreadable or undecipherable if return is not reasonably feasible or desirable to Customer (which decision shall be based solely on Customer’s written statement), each and every original and copy in every media of all Personal Data in Needls’s, its affiliates’ or their respective subcontractors’ possession, custody or control. Promptly following any return or alternate action taken to comply with this Clause VI(C), Needls shall provide to Customer a completed certificate certifying that such return or alternate action occurred. In the event applicable law does not permit Needls to comply with the delivery or destruction of the Personal Data, Needls warrants that it shall ensure the confidentiality of the Personal Data and that it shall not use or disclose any Personal Data after termination of this Addendum.

VII. Data Breach Notification

(A) Needls shall promptly inform Customer in writing of any Personal Data Breach of which Needls becomes aware. The notification to Customer shall include pertinent available information regarding such Personal Data Breach, including information on:

  1. The nature of the Personal Data Breach including where possible, the categories and approximate number of affected Data Subjects and the categories and approximate number of affected Personal Data records; and
  2. The measures taken or proposed to be taken to address the Personal Data Breach, including, where appropriate, measures to mitigate its possible adverse effects.

Needls shall promptly take all necessary and advisable corrective actions, and shall cooperate fully with Customer in all reasonable and lawful efforts to prevent, mitigate or rectify such Breach. Needls shall provide such assistance as required to enable Customer to satisfy Customer’s obligation to notify the relevant supervisory authority and Data Subjects of a personal data breach under Articles 33 and 34 of the GDPR. The content of any filings, communications, notices, press releases or reports related to any Personal Data Breach must be approved by Customer prior to any publication or communication thereof.

VIII. Audit

Needls shall on written request (but not more than once per year, other than in the event of a breach) make available to Customer all information necessary to demonstrate compliance with the obligations set forth in this Addendum and, at the Customer’s expense, allow for and contribute to audits, including inspections, conducted by Customer or another auditor mandated by Customer. Upon prior written request by Customer (provided that it shall be not more than once per year other than in the event of a breach), Needls agrees to cooperate and, within reasonable time, provide Customer with: (a) audit reports and all information necessary to demonstrate Needls’s compliance with the obligations laid down in this Addendum; and (b) confirmation that the audit has not revealed any material vulnerability in Needls’s systems, or to the extent that any such vulnerability was detected, that Needls has fully remedied such vulnerability. Needls’s failure to comply with this obligation shall entitle Customer to suspend the Processing of Personal Data Processed by Needls, and to terminate any further Processing of Personal Data, this Addendum and/or the Master Agreement, if doing so is required to comply with Applicable Law.

IX. Governing Law

To the extent required by Applicable Law, this Addendum shall be governed by the law of Ontario, Canada. In all other cases, this Addendum shall be governed by the laws of the jurisdiction specified in the Agreement.



This Annex forms part of the Data Processing Addendum between Customer and Needls.

The Processing of Personal Data concerns the following categories of Data Subjects:

  1. Customer users

The Processing concerns the following categories of Personal Data:

  1. Customer users login information and usage within the Needls platform

The Processing concerns the following categories of Sensitive Data:

Sensitive Data means Personal Data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade-union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health, sex life or sexual orientation.


The Processing concerns the following categories of data Processing activities (i.e., purposes of Processing):

  1. Purpose of processing Customer user login and Needls platform solely to provide the Needls services.

Needls uses the following Sub-Processors:








Needls may transfer and process personal information to and in the following jurisdictions outside of the EU:

Canada, United States, Australia

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