Our commitment to you and the protection of your data
We’re committed to helping Slack customers and users understand and, where applicable, comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The GDPR is the most comprehensive EU data privacy law in decades and came into effect on 25 May 2018.
In addition to strengthening and standardising user data privacy across EU member states, it introduces new or additional obligations on all organisations that handle EU citizens’ personal data, regardless of where the organisations are located. On this page, we explain how we help our customers comply with the GDPR.
- GDPR compliance
- Security infrastructure standards and certifications
- International data transfers
The GDPR’s updated requirements are significant, and our global team has adapted Slack’s product offerings, operations and contractual commitments to help our customer comply with the regulation. Measures that Slack (who processes data on our customer’s behalf) has implemented include:
- Investments in our security infrastructure and certifications
- Updates to relevant contractual terms
- Support for international data transfers by executing standard contractual clauses through our updated Data processing addendum, which is available to all customers, regardless of which Slack subscription they are using.
- Offering data portability and data management tools including:
- Import and export tools. Businesses and organisations may access, import and export their Customer Data using Slack’s tools.
- Profile deletion tool. Help customers respond to user requests to delete personal information, such as names and email addresses, from a Slack account.
- Workspace settings centre. See your workspace’s subscription and settings, or contact an admin who controls the workspace.
- Data residency for Slack. Data residency for Slack allows global teams to choose the region where certain types of data at rest are stored.
- Slack Enterprise Key Management. Complete control and visibility of access to your data in Slack using your own encryption keys.
We also monitor the guidance around GDPR compliance from privacy-related regulatory bodies and update our product features and contractual commitments accordingly. We’ll provide you with regular updates so that you’re always up to date.
Our security infrastructure standards and certifications
Protecting our customers’ information and their users’ privacy is extremely important to us. As a cloud-based company entrusted with some of our customers’ most valuable data, we’ve set high standards for security. We’ve received several security certifications from the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants such as SOC 2 and SOC 3. Slack has received internationally recognised security certifications for ISO 27001 (information security management system), ISO 27017 (security controls for the provision and use of cloud services) and ISO 27018 (for protecting personal data in the cloud).
Slack has invested heavily in building a robust security team, one that can handle a variety of issues – everything from threat detection to building new tools. In accordance with GDPR requirements relating to security incident notifications, Slack will continue to meet its obligations and offer contractual assurances.
If you’d like to learn more about Slack’s security policies and procedures, please see our security page. It provides detailed information on how we approach security, and includes a white paper on how Slack ensures user data security in particular, including our technical and organisational measures(TOMs), as well as our encryption standards.
International data transfers
To comply with European Union data protection laws around international data transfer mechanisms, we offer European Union Model Clauses, also known as Standard Contractual Clauses, to meet adequacy and security requirements for our customers who operate in the European Union and the United Kingdom. A copy of our standard data processing addendum, incorporating Model Clauses, is available here.
While Slack remains self-certified under the EU-US Privacy Shield and the Swiss-US Privacy Shield, we aren’t currently relying on these frameworks for the transfer of personal data.
At Slack, we are committed to the security and privacy of your data. So we’re glad to comply, and help you to comply, with the GDPR. If you have any questions about your rights under the GDPR as a user, or how Slack can help you with compliance as a customer, we hope that you’ll get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please also visit our Trust Centre to learn more about our privacy, security and compliance programmes.