Record Retention Policy
This Policy sets out the obligations of Bithashex OÜ (hereinafter referred to as the “Company”) regarding retention of personal data collected, held, and processed by the Company in accordance with EU Regulation 2016/679 General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
The GDPR defines “personal data” as any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (a “data subject”). An identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a 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.
The Company only ever retains records and information for legitimate or legal business reasons and always complies fully with EU data protection laws, guidance and best practice.
This Policy sets out the type(s) of personal data held by the Company, the period(s) for which that personal data is to be retained, the criteria for establishing and reviewing such period(s), and when and how it is to be deleted or otherwise disposed of.
For further information on other aspects of data protection and compliance with the GDPR, please refer to the Company’s Data Protection Policy.
The GDPR impose obligations on the Company, as a Data Controller, to process personal data in a fair manner which notifies data subjects of the purposes of data processing and to retain the data for no longer than is necessary to achieve those purposes.
- Set out limits for the retention of personal data and ensure they are complied with Set out limits for the retention of personal data and ensure they are complied with
- Ensure the Company complies fully with its obligation and rights of data subjects under the GDPR
- Ensure the safe and secure disposal of confidential data and information assets
- Ensure that records and documents are retained for the legal, contractual and regulatory period stated in accordance with each bodies rules or terms.
- Mitigate against risks or breaches in relation to confidential information
This policy applies to all persons within the Company (meaning permanent, fixed term, temporary staff and sub-contractors engaged with the Company). Adherence to this policy is mandatory and non-compliance could lead to disciplinary or contractual action.
Heads of departments and information asset owners have overall responsibility for the management of records and data generated by their departments' activities, namely to ensure that the records created, received and controlled within the purview of their department, and the systems (electronic or otherwise) and procedures they adopt, are managed in a way which meets the aims of this policy.
Where a DPO has been designated, they must be involved in any data retention processes and records or all archiving and destructions must be retained. Individual employees must ensure that the records for which they are responsible are complete and accurate records of their activities, and that they are maintained and disposed of in accordance with the Company's protocols.
6. GENERAL DATA PROTECTION REGULATION (GDPR)
The Company needs to collect personal information about job applicants, the people we employ, work with or have a business relationship with to effectively and compliantly carry out our everyday business functions and activities, and to provide the services defined by our business type. This information can include but is not limited to, name, address, email address, date of birth, identification number, private and confidential information, sensitive information and bank details.
In addition, we may occasionally be required to collect and use certain types of personal information to comply with the requirements of the law and/or regulations, however we are committed to collecting, processing, storing and destroying all information in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation, EU data protection law and any other associated legal or regulatory body rules or codes of conduct that apply to our business and/or the information we process and store.
7. GUIDELINES & PROCEDURES
The Company retains data records efficiently and systematically, in a manner consistent with the GDPR requirements, and regulatory Codes of Practice on Records Management. This policy is widely disseminated to ensure a standardised approach to data retention and records management. Records will be retained to provide information about, and evidence of the Company’s transactions, customers, employment and activities. Retention schedules will govern the period that records will be retained and can be found in the Record Retention Periods table at the end of this document.
7.1 RETENTION PERIOD PROTOCOLS
- Carry out periodical reviews of the data retained, checking purpose, continued validity, accuracy and requirement to retain
- Establish periodical reviews of data retained.
- Where it is not possible to define a statutory or legal retention period, as per the GDPR requirement, the Company will identify the criteria by which the period can be determined and provide this to the data subject on request and as part of our standard information disclosures and privacy notices.
- Have processes in place to ensure that records pending audit, litigation or investigation are not destroyed or altered
- Complaints Record Keeping All complaint records are retained on the complaint handling system throughout the lifecycle of the account in accords with our data.
7.2 INFORMATION ASSET OWNERS
All systems and the records they contain have Information Asset Owners (IAO) throughout their lifecycle to ensure accountability and a tiered approach to data retention and destruction. Owners are assigned based on role, business area and level of access to the data required. The IAO is recorded on the Retention Register and is fully accessible to all employees. Data and records are never reviewed, removed, accessed or destroyed without the prior authorisation and knowledge of the Information Asset Owner.
7.3 SUSPENSION OF RECORD DISPOSAL FOR LITIGATION OR CLAIMS
If the Company is served with any legal request for records or information, any employee becomes the subject of an audit or investigation or we are notified of the commencement of any litigation against our Company, we will suspend the disposal of any scheduled records until we are able to determine the requirement for any such records as part of a legal requirement.
7.4 STORAGE & ACCESS OF RECORDS AND DATA
Documents are always retained in a secure location, with authorised personnel being the only ones to have access. Once the retention period has elapsed, the documents are reviewed, archived or confidentially destroyed dependent on their purpose.
7.5 EXPIRATION OF RETENTION PERIOD
Once a record or data has reached its designated retention period date, the IAO should refer to the retention register for the action to be taken.
7.6 DESTRUCTION AND DISPOSAL OF RECORDS & DATA
All information of a confidential or sensitive nature on paper or electronic media must be securely destroyed when it is no longer required. This ensures compliance with the Data Protection laws and the duty of confidentiality we owe to our employees, clients and customers.
The Company is committed to the secure and safe disposal of any confidential waste and information assets in accordance with our contractual and legal obligations and that we do so in an ethical and compliant manner. We confirm that our approach and procedures comply with the laws and provisions made in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and that staff are trained and advised accordingly on the procedures and controls in place.7.6.1 Paper Records
Due to the nature of our business, the Company retains paper based personal information and as such, has a duty to ensure that it is disposed of in a secure, confidential and compliant manner. The Company utilises a Professional Shredding Service Provider to dispose of all paper materials.
Employee shredding machines and confidential waste disposal units are made available throughout the building and where we use service provider disposals, regular collections take place to ensure that confidential data is disposed of appropriately.
The Company uses numerous systems, computers and technology equipment in the running of our business. From time to time, such assets must be disposed of and due to the information held on these whilst they are active, this disposal is handled in an ethical and secure manner.
The deletion of electronic records must be organised in conjunction with the IT Department who will ensure the removal of all data from the medium so that it cannot be reconstructed.
Only the IT Department can authorise the disposal of any IT equipment and they must accept and authorise such assets from the department personally. IT equipment follows a fully auditable disposal process involving a combination of secure electronic and physical destruction methods to permanently erase data records prior to disposal of the asset.
In all disposal instances, the IT Department must complete a disposal form and confirm successful deletion and destruction of each asset. This must also include a valid certificate of disposal from the service provider removing the formatted or shredded asset. Once disposal has occurred, the IT Department is responsible for liaising with the information Asset Owner and updating the Information Asset Register for the asset that has been removed.
Unless otherwise stated in this policy or the retention periods register, correspondence and internal memoranda should be retained for the same period as the document to which they pertain or support (i.e. where a memo pertains to a contract or personal file, the relevant retention period and filing should be observed).
Where correspondence or memoranda that do not pertain to any documents having already be assigned a retention period, they should be deleted or shredded once the purpose and usefulness of the content ceases.
In specific circumstances, data subjects’ have the right to request that their personal data is erased, however the Company recognise that this is not an absolute ‘right to be forgotten’. Data subjects only have a right to have personal data erased and to prevent processing if one of the below conditions applies:
- Where the personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected/processed
- When the individual withdraws consent
- When the individual objects to the processing and there is no overriding legitimate interest for continuing the processing
- The personal data was unlawfully processed
- The personal data must be erased in order to comply with a legal obligation
9. COMPLIANCE AND MONITORING
The Company are committed to ensuring the continued compliance with this policy and any associated legislation and undertake regular audits and monitoring of our records, their management, archiving and retention. Information asset owners are tasked with ensuring the continued compliance and review of records and data within their remit.
10. RETENTION PERIODS
As stated above, and as required by law, the Company shall not retain any personal data for any longer than is necessary in light of the purpose(s) for which that data is collected, held, and processed.