IPA and ISBA launch joint GDPR clauses for contracts

As part of their standard setting for the industry, the IPA and ISBA have worked together with specialist data protection lawyer Simon Morrissey, of law firm Lewis Silkin to create suggested GDPR clauses to be used as a variation addendum to client/agency contracts. There are two versions, one for ‘data light’ contracts and a second for ‘data heavy’ contracts.

The suggested clauses represent the minimum requirements in the creation of a Data Processing Agreement (DPA) as required by GDPR. There must be an agreement between the parties and it must contain certain contractual obligations imposed on the data processor. A DPA can be created either as a separate agreement or can be included within an existing client/agency agreement.

Terms can be used to create a DPA for new appointments which come into effect after May 25 2018; or for existing relationships in force after 24 May 2018 where a variation addendum to the contractual terms can be created.

Says Richard Lindsay, Director of Legal & Public Affairs, IPA: “Agencies and advertisers are by now well aware of the GDPR and its start date of 25 May. The IPA approached ISBA and Lewis Silkin some time ago in order that we could work together on creating a set of contractual GDPR clauses for the industry in good time. IPA and ISBA members will be able to use the clauses in their client/agency contracts, in the knowledge that they have been prepared by an expert on data protection issues, Simon Morrissey. Article 28 GDPR demands that controllers and processors enter into written contracts with certain prescribed terms. These two sets of clauses should meet those requirements.”

Debbie Morrison, Director of Consultancy and Best Practice, ISBA said “Preparing for GDPR is currently high up on the agenda of all ISBA members and ensuring client/agency contracts are fit for purpose come May 25th is of paramount importance. Working collaboratively with the IPA and a specialist lawyer has ensured that the new suggested clauses we have created will at least help both parties set basic standards and ensure each is fully briefed on expectations and importantly that activities are within the law.”

IPA members can download both the long-form and short-form versions of the clauses for free.

Last updated 21 January 2022