1. Purpose, Scope, and Users

    This policy sets the required retention periods for specified categories of personal data and sets out the minimum standards to be applied when destroying certain information within Detech Europe Ltd.
    This Policy applies to all business units, processes, and systems in all countries in which the Company conducts business and has dealings or other business relationships with third parties.
    This Policy applies to all Company officers, directors, employees, agents, affiliates, contractors, consultants, advisors or service providers that may collect, process, or have access to data (including personal data and/or sensitive personal data). It is the responsibility of all the above to familiarise themselves with this Policy and ensure adequate compliance with it.
    This policy applies to all information used at the Company. Examples of documents include:

    • Emails
    • Hard copy documents
    • Soft copy documents
    • Video and audio
    • Data generated by physical access control systems
    1. Reference Documents
    • EU GDPR 2016/679 (Regulation (EU) 2016/679 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 27 April 2016 on the protection of natural persons with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data, and repealing Directive 95/46/EC)
    • Personal Data Protection Policy
    1. Retention Rules

    3.1. Retention General Principle

    In the event, for any category of documents not specifically defined elsewhere in this Policy, (and in particular within the Data Retention Schedule) unless otherwise mandated differently by applicable law, the required retention period for such document will be deemed to be 3 years from the date of creation of the document.

    3.2. Retention General Schedule

    The Data Protection Officer defines the time period for which the documents and electronic records should be retained through the Data Retention Schedule.
    As an exemption, retention periods within Data Retention Schedule can be prolonged in cases such as:

    • Ongoing investigations from authorities, if there are records of personal data that are needed by the Company to prove compliance with any legal requirements; or
    • When exercising legal rights in cases of lawsuits or similar court proceeding recognized under local law.

    3.3. Safeguarding of Data during Retention Period

    The possibility that data media used for archiving will wear out shall be considered. If electronic storage media are chosen, any procedures and systems ensuring that the information can be accessed during the retention period (both with respect to the information carrier and the readability of formats) shall also be stored in order to safeguard the information against loss as a result of future technological changes.

    3.4. Destruction of Data

    The Company and its employees should therefore, on a regular basis, review all data, whether held electronically on their device or on paper, to decide whether to destroy or delete any data once the purpose for which those documents were created is no longer relevant.
    Once the decision is made to dispose according to the Retention Schedule, the data should be deleted, shredded or otherwise destroyed to a degree equivalent to their value to others and their level of confidentiality. The method of disposal varies and is dependent upon the nature of the document. For example, any documents that contain sensitive or confidential information (and particularly sensitive personal data) must be disposed of as confidential waste and be subject to secure electronic deletion; some expired or superseded contracts may only warrant in-house shredding. The Document Disposal Schedule section below defines the mode of disposal.
    In this context, the employee shall perform the tasks and assume the responsibilities relevant for the information destruction in an appropriate way. The specific deletion or destruction process may be carried out either by an employee or by an internal or external service provider that the Data Protection Officer subcontracts for this purpose. Any applicable general provisions under relevant data protection laws and the Company’s Personal Data Protection Policy shall be complied with.
    Appropriate controls shall be in place that prevents the permanent loss of essential information of the company as a result of malicious or unintentional destruction of information – these controls are described in the company’s IT Security Policy.
    The applicable statutory requirements for the destruction of information, particularly requirements under applicable data protection laws, shall be fully observed.

    3.5. Breach, Enforcement and Compliance

    The persons appointed with responsibility for Data Protection have the responsibility to ensure that each of the Company’s offices complies with this Policy. It is also the responsibility of the Data Protection Steering group to assist any local office with enquiries from any local data protection or governmental authority.
    Any suspicion of a breach of this Policy must be reported immediately to the Data Protection Steering Group. All instances of suspected breaches of the Policy shall be investigated and action taken as appropriate.
    Failure to comply with this Policy may result in adverse consequences, including, but not limited to, loss of customer confidence, litigation and loss of competitive advantage, financial loss and damage to the Company’s reputation, personal injury, harm or loss. Non-compliance with this Policy by permanent, temporary or contract employees, or any third parties, who have been granted access to Company premises or information, may therefore result in disciplinary proceedings or termination of their employment or contract. Such non-compliance may also lead to legal action against the parties involved in such activities.

    1. Document Disposal

    4.1. Routine Disposal Schedule

    Records which may be routinely destroyed unless subject to an on-going legal or regulatory inquiry are as follows:

    • Announcements and notices of day-to-day meetings and other events including acceptances and apologies.
    • Requests for ordinary information such as travel directions.
    • Reservations for internal meetings without charges / external costs.
    • Transmission documents such as letters, fax cover sheets, e-mail messages, routing slips, compliments slip and similar items that accompany documents but do not add any value.
    • Message slips.
    • Superseded address list, distribution lists etc.
    • Duplicate documents such as CC and FYI copies, unaltered drafts, snapshot printouts or extracts from databases and day files.
    • Stock in-house publications which are obsolete or superseded; and
    • Trade magazines, vendor catalogues, flyers and newsletters from vendors or other external organisations.

    In all cases, disposal is subject to any disclosure requirements which may exist in the context of litigation.

    4.2. Destruction Method

    Level I documents are those that contain information that is of the highest security and confidentiality and those that include any personal data. These documents shall be disposed of as confidential waste (crosscut shredded and incinerated) and shall be subject to secure electronic deletion. Disposal of the documents should include proof of destruction.
    Level II documents are proprietary documents that contain confidential information such as parties’ names, signatures and addresses, or which could be used by third parties to commit fraud, but which do not contain any personal data. The documents should be cross-cut shredded and then placed into locked rubbish bins for collection by an approved disposal firm, and electronic documents will be subject to secure electronic deletion.
    Level III documents are those that do not contain any confidential information or personal data and are published Company documents. These should be strip-shredded or disposed of through a recycling company and include, among other things, advertisements, catalogues, flyers, and newsletters. These may be disposed of without an audit trail.

    1. Validity and document management

    This document is valid as of Jan 2019
    The owner of this document is the Data Protection Steering Group who must check and, if necessary, update the document at least once a year.

    1. Appendices

    Appendix – Data Retention Schedule

    Financial Records

    Personal data record category Mandated retention period Record owner
    Payroll records Seven years after audit Finance
    Supplier contracts Seven years after contract is terminated Finance
    Chart of Accounts Permanent Finance
    Fiscal Policies and Procedures Permanent Finance
    Permanent Audits Permanent Finance
    Financial statements Permanent Finance
    General Ledger Permanent Finance
    Investment records (deposits, earnings, withdrawals) 7 years Finance
    Invoices 7 years Finance
    Cancelled checks 7 years Finance
    Bank deposit slips 7 years Finance
    Business expenses documents 7 years Finance
    Check registers/books 7 years Finance
    Property/asset inventories 7 years Finance
    Credit card receipts 3 years Finance
    Petty cash receipts/documents 3 years Finance

    Business Records

    Personal data record category Mandated retention period Record owner
    Article of Incorporation to apply for corporate status Permanent Finance
    Board policies Permanent Finance
    Board meeting minutes Permanent Finance
    Tax or employee identification number designation Permanent Finance
    Office and team meeting minutes
    Annual corporate filings
    Permanent Finance

    HR: Employee Records

    Personal data record category Mandated retention period Record owner
    Disciplinary, grievance proceedings records, oral/verbal, written, final warnings, appeals As per legal requirement HR
    Applications for jobs, interview notes – Recruitment/promotion panel Internal Where the candidate is unsuccessful Where the candidate is successful Deleted immediately
    Duration of employment
    Payroll input forms, wages/salary records, overtime/bonus payments Payroll sheets, copies 7 years HR
    Bank details – current Duration of employment HR
    Payrolls/wages Duration of employment HR
    Job history including staff personal records: contract(s), Ts & Cs; previous service dates; pay and pension history, pension estimates, resignation/termination letters As per legal requirement HR
    Employee address details Duration of employment HR
    Expense claims As per legal requirement HR
    Annual leave records Duration of employment HR
    Accident books
    Accident reports and correspondence
    As per legal requirement HR
    Certificates and self-certificates unrelated to workplace injury; statutory sick pay forms As per legal requirement HR
    Pregnancy/childbirth certification As per legal requirement HR
    Parental leave Duration of employment HR
    Maternity pay records and calculations As per legal requirement HR
    Redundancy details, payment calculations, refunds, notifications As per legal requirement HR
    Training and development records Duration of employment HR


    Personal data record category Mandated retention period Record owner
    Signed Permanent Finance
    Contract amendments Permanent
    Successful tender documents Permanent
    Unsuccessful tenders’ documents Permanent
    Tender – user requirements, specification, evaluation criteria, invitation Permanent
    Contractors’ reports Permanent
    Operation and monitoring, eg complaints Permanent

    Customer Data

    Personal data record category Mandated retention period Record owner
    Platform data – inclusive of Video data, comments, attachments, profile picture, email address, first and second name Retained whilst organisation remains a customer or deleted by user. Once an organisation requests all records to be deleted, data will be removed from the back-ups within 9 months Customer
    Screen recordings from support session Automatically deleted after 90 days Support
    CRM data – inclusive of Name, Email address, mobile number, address, emails and phone call summaries, DPO information Retained whilst organisation remains a customer or deleted by user. Once an organisation requests all records to be deleted, data will be removed from the back-ups within X months Support
    Metrics data Retained whilst organisation remains a customer or deleted by user. Once an organisation requests all records to be deleted, data will be anonymised Development Team

    Non – Customer Data

    Personal data record category Mandated retention period Record owner
    Name, email address Kept until person unsubscribes / requests to be removed from system Marketing & Sales
    Call recordings Automatically deleted after 6 months Sales


    Personal data record category Mandated retention period Record owner
    Recycle Bins Cleared monthly Individual employee
    Downloads Cleared monthly Individual employee
    Inbox All emails containing PII attachments deleted after 3 years. Individual employee
    Deleted Emails Cleared monthly Individual employee
    Personal Network Drive Reviewed quarterly, any documents containing PII deleted after 3 years Individual employee
    Local Drives & files Moved to network drive monthly, then deleted from local drive Individual employee
    Onedrive/Dropbox Reviewed quarterly, any documents containing PII deleted after 3 years Individual employee