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New Global AWS Data Processing Addendum

Navigating data protection laws around the world is no simple task. Today, I’m pleased to announce that AWS is expanding the scope of the AWS Data Processing Addendum (Global AWS DPA) so that it applies globally whenever customers use AWS services to process personal data, regardless of which data protection laws apply to that processing. AWS is proud to be the first major cloud provider to adopt this global approach to help you meet your compliance needs for data protection.

The Global AWS DPA is designed to help you satisfy requirements under data protection laws worldwide, without having to create separate country-specific data processing agreements for every location where you use AWS services. By introducing this global, one-stop addendum, we are simplifying contracting procedures and helping to reduce the time that you spend assessing contractual data privacy requirements on a country-by-country basis.

If you have signed a copy of the previous AWS General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) DPA, then you do not need to take any action and can continue to rely on that addendum to satisfy data processing requirements. AWS is always innovating to help you meet your compliance obligations wherever you operate. We’re confident that this expanded Global AWS DPA will help you on your journey. If you have questions or need more information, see Data Protection & Privacy at AWS and GDPR Center.

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Chad Woolf

Chad joined Amazon in 2010 and built the AWS compliance functions from the ground up, including audit and certifications, privacy, contract compliance, control automation engineering and security process monitoring. Chad’s work also includes enabling public sector and regulated industry adoption of the AWS cloud and leads the AWS trade and product compliance team.