Location Analytics Privacy Information
Cisco Meraki’s cloud-based location analytics and user engagement solution provides data about visitors to physical locations, enabling businesses to better understand the behavior of clients. Location Analytics is available with all Cisco Meraki wireless access points.
Location Analytics data is gathered by capturing and analyzing the beacons that every WiFi enabled device periodically emits when its WiFi antenna is turned on in order to detect the presence of nearby wireless networks. The Cisco Meraki dashboard displays anonymized and aggregated statistics on nearby devices, whether they join the network or not.
Location Analytics distinguishes between devices and recognizes repeat visitors by collecting a MAC address, the unique identifier assigned to every device connecting to wired or wireless networks. Only a device's MAC address is captured, and the aggregated data provided to businesses using Location Analytics can't be traced back to an individual without the business having prior knowledge of the MAC address of that person's device.
Cisco Meraki uses a one-way hash function to anonymize MAC addresses before storage. The function is irreversible; given a specific hashed MAC, there is no way to undo the function to reveal the original MAC address. In addition, bytes are dropped from the hashcode, meaning that even if one knew the hash function, they could not determine if a specific MAC had visited a location. Hashed MAC addresses are unique to each business or organization, so it is not possible to view Location Analytics data for a single device across networks with different owners.
Our datacenters are protected by enterprise-class physical and network security, and are subjected to regular audits and penetration tests by independent third parties.
Location Analytics API
In addition to providing statistics to businesses within the Cisco Meraki dashboard, through the Location Analytics API we export MAC addresses of probing clients, consistent with industry standards. Retail and enterprise customers can use the Location Analytics API to integrate Location Analytics data from their network with their own custom-built applications.
The Location Analytics API provides no mechanism to connect MAC addresses with any other personal information. In order to leverage Location Analytics data to identify or communicate with visitors, businesses must request that data directly.
We provide a set of best practices to users of the Location Analytics API, and it is their responsibility to take appropriate measures to safeguard the privacy of personally identifiable information that they may collect.
If you would like to exclude your WiFi-enabled devices from Location Analytics services, you may do so through a simple opt-out form, available here https://account.meraki.com/optout. Opting out will exclude your MAC address from Location Analytics analytics in the Cisco Meraki dashboard and from export through the Location Analytics API. It is the Cisco Meraki customer’s responsibility to notify visitors that Location Analytics services are in use.
Security Vulnerability Rewards Program
Our customers’ security is a top priority for the Cisco Meraki team. We invest heavily in tools, processes, and technologies to keep our users and their networks safe, including third-party audits, features like two-factor authentication, and our out of band cloud management architecture. The Cisco Meraki vulnerability rewards program is an important component of our security strategy, encouraging external researchers to collaborate with our security team to help keep networks safe.
Reporting security issues
If you are a user and have a security issue to report regarding your account (issues including password problems and account abuse issues), non-security bugs, and questions about issues with your network please contact Cisco Meraki Support.
If you think you’ve discovered a vulnerability in a Cisco Meraki product or service, please report this through our Bug Bounty program through Bugcrowd. We are only accepting vulnerability reports through this program. We have detailed the following in our program brief:
- How to report a security issue
- Targets in and out of scope
- Information and documentation about the targets
- Test account setup
- Vulnerability ratings
- The full scope of engagement detailing what is and is not allowed
- All legal terms and definitions regarding the program
99.99% Reliability SLA
Highly Available Redundant Architecture
SSAE16 Type II Audited Datacenters
Cisco Meraki operates the industry's largest-scale Cloud Networking service. The Cisco Meraki cloud service powers over tens of thousands of networks worldwide and connects millions of devices. Cisco Meraki also has the most experience in the cloud, having run its production service continuously for seven years. The Cisco Meraki Cloud Networking platform is trusted by thousands of IT professionals, from enterprises to hospitals, banks, and retailers.
This website is the central repository of information regarding security, privacy, and reliability as related to Cisco Meraki cloud hosted services. Here you will find information concerning:
- Our datacenters, our security processes, and certifications
- How we safeguard your data
- Best practices for securing your organization's network
- How Cisco Meraki networks continue to operate when disconnected from the cloud
- PCI compliance information, tools, and best practices
- Cisco Meraki’s 99.99% uptime Service Level Agreement
Cisco Meraki Datacenter Design
The Cisco Meraki service is colocated in tier-1 datacenters with certifications such as SAS70 type II / SSAE16 and ISO 27001. These datacenters feature state of the art physical and cyber security and highly reliable designs. All Cisco Meraki services are replicated across multiple independent datacenters, so that customer-facing services fail over rapidly in the event of a catastrophic datacenter failure.
- 99.99% uptime service level agreement (that's under one hour per year)
- 24x7 automated failure detection — all servers are tested every five minutes from multiple locations
- Rapid escalation procedures across multiple operations teams
- Independent outage alert system with 3x redundancy
- Globally distributed datacenters
- Customer network configuration data and statistical data replicated across independent data centers with no common point of failure
- Real-time replication of data between datacenters (within 60 seconds)
- Nightly archival backups for customer network configuration data and statistical data
- Rapid failover to hot spare in event of hardware failure or natural disaster
- Out of band architecture preserves end-user network functionality, even if connectivity to the Cisco Meraki cloud services is interrupted
- Failover procedures drilled weekly
Cloud Services Security
- 24x7 automated intrusion detection
- Protected via IP and port-based firewalls
- Remote access restricted by IP address and verified by public key (RSA)
- Systems are not accessible via password access
- Administrators automatically alerted on configuration changes
- Only network configuration and usage statistics are stored in the cloud
- End user data does not traverse through the datacenter
- All sensitive data (e.g., passwords) stored in encrypted format
- A high security card key system and biometric readers are utilized to control facility access
- All entries, exits, and cabinets are monitored by video surveillance
- Security guards monitor all traffic into and out of the datacenters 24x7, ensuring that entry processes are followed
- Datacenters feature sophisticated sprinkler systems with interlocks to prevent accidental water discharge
- Diesel generators provide backup power in the event of power loss
- UPS systems condition power and ensure orderly shutdown in the event of a full power outage
- Each datacenter has service from at least two top-tier carriers
- Seismic bracing is provided for the raised floor, cabinets, and support systems
- In the event of a catastrophic datacenter failure, services fail over to another geographically separate datacenter
- Over-provisioned HVAC systems provide cooling and humidity control
- Flooring systems are dedicated for air distribution
Regular Penetration Testing
- All Cisco Meraki datacenters undergo daily penetration testing by an independent third party
- The Cisco Meraki service is colocated in tier-1 datacenters with certifications such as SAS70 type II / SSAE16 and ISO 27001
The Cisco Meraki Cloud Networking service is powered by a multi-tier data storage architecture. This architecture allows us to offer powerful capabilities such as the ability to upload and use custom floorplans, host custom splash pages, and provide in-depth Location Analytics as part of the dashboard and product experience. The Meraki storage architecture is designed to store different types of data in a highly redundant and scalable fashion.
There are three major types of data types stored by Cisco Meraki:
- Network configuration data - includes network settings and configurations made by customers in the Meraki Dashboard
- Network analytics data - client, traffic and location analytics data, providing visualizations and network insights into traffic and foot patterns across customer sites
- Customer uploaded assets - any uploaded assets including custom floorplans, splash logos and IVR menus / voicemail greetings
The above types of data are stored in different systems in order to optimize performance; for example, network analytics data is stored in a custom time-series database built by the Meraki team. Learn more
Although the three types of data above are stored in three unique systems, the goals and underlying principles of the various storage architectures are the same:
- Security - Using encryption and data segmentation, we ensure data is stored securely and effectively in a multi-tenant environment.
- Durability - Using versioning and replication, data can be accessed for long periods of time without sacrificing performance.
- Availability - For high availability, all types of data are continuously duplicated and stored on two separate Meraki cloud services, providing full redundancy in the event of a datacenter failure.
- Scalability - By building custom databases and building out our global datacenter footprint, we are constantly pushing the limit in terms of how much data can be stored and visualized.
By following these underlying principles, Meraki has created a best-in-class data storage architecture that allows for rapid data lookup, the ability for customers to upload custom assets, and highly redundant customer configuration backups.
Out of Band Control Plane
Cisco Meraki’s out of band control plane separates network management data from user data. Management data (e.g. configuration, statistics, monitoring, etc.) flows from Cisco Meraki devices (wireless access points, switches and security appliances) to the Cisco Meraki cloud over a secure Internet connection. User data (web browsing, internal applications, etc.) does not flow through the cloud, instead flowing directly to its destination on the LAN or across the WAN.
Advantages of an out of band control plane:
- Unlimited throughput: no centralized controller bottlenecks
- Add devices or sites without MPLS tunnels
- Redundant cloud service provides high availability
- Network functions even if management traffic is interrupted
- No user traffic passes through Cisco Meraki’s datacenters
- Fully HIPAA / PCI compliant
What happens if my network loses connectivity to the Cisco Meraki cloud?
Because of the Cisco Meraki out of band architecture, most end users are not affected if Cisco Meraki wireless APs, switches or security appliances cannot communicate with Cisco Meraki cloud services (e.g., because of a temporary WAN failure):
- Users can access the local network (printers, file shares, etc.)
- If WAN connectivity is available, users can access the Internet
- Network policies (firewall rules, QoS, etc.) continue to be enforced
- Users can authenticate via 802.1X/RADIUS
- Wireless users can roam between access points
- Users can initiate and renew DHCP leases
- Established VPN tunnels continue to operate
- Local configuration tools are available (e.g., device IP configuration)
While the Cisco Meraki cloud is unreachable, management, monitoring, and hosted services are temporarily unavailable:
- Configuration and diagnostic tools are unavailable
- Usage statistics are stored locally until the connection to the cloud is re-established, at which time they are pushed to the cloud
- Splash pages and related functionality are unavailable
Security Tools and Best Practices for Administrators
In addition to the Cisco Meraki secure out of band architecture and hardened datacenters, Cisco Meraki offers a number of tools for administrators to maximize the security of their network deployments. Use of these tools provide optimal protection, visibility, and control over your Cisco Meraki network. This page contains information about how to quickly and easily increase the security of your meraki.com accounts and our recommended best practices for account control and auditing. For more information, see Cisco Meraki manuals.
Enable two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication adds an extra layer of security to an organization's network by requiring access to an administrator's phone, in addition to her username and password, in order to log in to Cisco Meraki cloud services. Cisco Meraki’s two factor authentication implementation uses secure, convenient, and cost effective SMS technology: after entering their username and password, an administrator is sent an a one-time passcode via SMS, which they must enter before authentication is complete. In the event that a hacker guesses or learns an administrator's password, she still will not be able to access the organization's account, as the hacker does not have the administrator's phone. Cisco Meraki includes two-factor authentication for all enterprise users at no additional cost.
Strengthen your password policies
You can configure organization-wide security policies for your Cisco Meraki accounts to better protect access to the Cisco Meraki dashboard. Under Organization > Configure, you may:
- Force periodic password change (e.g., every 90 days)
- Require minimum password length and complexity
- Lock users out after repeated failed login attempts
- Disallow password reuse
- Restrict logins by IP address
Enforce the principle of least privilege with role-based administration
Role-based administration lets you appoint administrators for specific subsets of your organization, and specify whether they have read-only access to reports and troubleshooting tools, administer managed guest access via Cisco Meraki’s Lobby Ambassador, or can make configuration changes to the network. Role-based administration reduces the chance of accidental or malicious misconfiguration, and restricts errors to isolated parts of the network.
Enable configuration change email alerts
The Cisco Meraki system can automatically send human-readable email alerts when network configuration changes are made, enabling the entire IT organization to stay abreast of new policies. Change alerts are particularly important with large or distributed IT organizations.
Periodically audit configuration and logins
Cisco Meraki logs the time, IP, and approximate location (city, state) of logged in administrators. Additionally, Cisco Meraki provides a searchable configuration change log, which indicates what configuration changes were made, who they were made by, and which part of the organization the change occurred in. Auditing configuration and login information provides greated visibility into your network.
Verify SSL certificates
Cisco Meraki accounts can only be accessed via https, ensuring that all communication between an administrator's browser and Cisco Meraki cloud services is encrypted. As with any secure web service, do not log in if your browser displays certificate warnings, as it may indicate a man-in-the-middle attack.
30 seconds before being logged out, users are shown a notice that allows them to extend their session. Once time expires, users are asked to log in again.
Cisco Meraki provides a comprehensive solution to ensure a PCI compliant wireless environment held to the strict standards of a Level 1 PCI audit (the most rigorous audit level). Cisco Meraki’s rich security feature set addresses all of the PCI Data Security Standards, helping customers to build and maintain a secure network, protect cardholder data, maintain a vulnerability management program, implement strong access control measures, and monitor network security.
Unlike traditional networks, Cisco Meraki’s intelligent security infrastructure eliminates the management complexities, manual testing, and ongoing maintenance challenges that lead to vulnerabilities. Cisco Meraki’s intuitive and cost effective security features are ideal for network administrators, while powerful and fine-grained administration tools, account protections, audits, and change management appeal to CISOs.
Centrally managed from the cloud, Cisco Meraki makes it easy and cost effective to deploy, monitor, and verify PCI compliant networks across distributed networks of any size.
PCI-DSS requirements applicable to wireless LANs and their related Cisco Meraki features:
- Cisco Meraki Infrastructure – Isolated from the Cardholder Data Environment
- Requirement 1.2.3 – Segregate Wireless Network and the Cardholder Data Environment
- Requirement 2.1.1 – Change Vendor Defaults and Enable Strong Encryption
- Requirement 4.1.1 – Encrypt Authentication and Transmission with Industry Best Practices
- Requirement 6.1 – Use the Latest Security Patches
- Requirement 7.2 – Restrict Access Based on a User’s Need to Know
- Requirement 8 – Implement User-Based Access Controls
- Requirement 10 – Track and Monitor All Access to Network Resources
- Requirement 11.2/11.3 – Perform Regular Audits and Penetration Testing
- Requirement 11.1/11.4 – Detect Unauthorized Access
Cisco Meraki Infrastructure – Isolated from the Cardholder Data Environment
The Cisco Meraki cloud-hosted management system is out of band, meaning that traffic (including cardholder data) does not flow through Cisco Meraki’s cloud or any other Cisco Meraki infrastructure not behind your firewall. Learn more about Meraki’s out of band architecture. Cisco Meraki datacenters are SSAE16 / SAS70 type II certified, feature robust physical and cyber security protection, and are regularly audited by third parties. Learn more about Cisco Meraki’s datacenters.
Requirement 1.2.3 – Segregate Wireless Networks and the
Cardholder Data Environment
Cisco Meraki wireless APs include an integrated stateful firewall which ensures that guest WiFi users and other non-privileged clients cannot access cardholder data, in conformance with Requirement 1.2.3. The firewall’s LAN isolation feature enables one-click secure guest WiFi, wherein guests can only access the Internet. Blocked from LAN access, guests cannot spread viruses or reach internal resources. Cisco Meraki’s firewall provides fine-grained control, from layer 3 through 7. Configure VLAN tags, ACLs, identity-based policies, and block unwanted applications — even peer-to-peer apps without well-known hosts and ports.
Requirement 2.1.1 – Change Vendor Defaults and Enable Strong Encryption
Cisco Meraki does not ship with default vendor keys that need to be changed. Cisco Meraki hardware is configurable through an SSL-encrypted connection, accessible only by authenticated users. To comlpy with Requirement 2.1.1, simply enable strong security standards, such as WPA2 (802.11i). See Requirement 4.1.1 for more information on wireless encryption.
Requirement 4.1.1 – Encrypt Authentication and Transmission with
Industry Best Practices
Compliant networks require strong encryption using industry best-practices, e.g., WPA2, for wireless networks used for cardholder data. Cisco Meraki supports WPA2 (802.11i), offering both WPA2-PSK and WPA2-Enterprise with AES encryption. To maintain compliance with Requirements 4.1.1 and 2.1.1, enable WPA2 on any SSID that cardholder data is transferred over. Since Cisco Meraki’s firewall will isolate traffic between SSIDs, WPA2 need not be enabled on SSIDs that are not used for cardholder data (e.g. a guest WiFi SSID.)
Requirement 6.1 – Use the Latest Security Patches
Cisco Meraki firmware updates are delivered seamlessly from the cloud to APs, security appliances, and switches. When firmware updates are available, an administrator simply schedules an appropriate time for Cisco Meraki devices to download and install the new version, eliminating insecure and out of date firmware in the Cardholder Data Environment. This delivery model facilitates compliance with Requirement 6.1 – without deciphering compatibility matrices, time consuming manual updates, site visits to branch locations.
Requirement 7.2 – Restrict Access Based on a User’s Need to Know
Cisco Meraki provides role-based administration to enforce the principle of least privilege in compliance with Requirement 7.2. Role-based administration lets you appoint administrators for specific subsets of your organization and specify whether they have read-only access to reports and troubleshooting tools, can administer managed wireless guest access via Cisco Meraki’s Lobby Ambassador, or can make configuration changes to the network.
Requirement 8 – Implement User-Based Access Controls
Cisco Meraki includes a comprehensive suite of features to enable unique ID and authentication methods for network administration, in compliance with Requirement 8. Configure organization-wide security policies for your Cisco Meraki administrator accounts to better protect access to the Cisco Meraki dashboard and network infrastructure. These policies include account protections such as two-factor authentication, password hardening policies, and the use of encrypted transmission (SSL/TLS) for access to the Cisco Meraki dashboard.
Requirement 10 – Track and Monitor All Access to Network Resources
Cisco Meraki logs the time, IP, and approximate location (city, state) of logged in administrators. Additionally, Cisco Meraki provides a searchable configuration change log, which indicates what configuration changes were made, who they were made by, and which part of the organization the change occurred in. Auditing this configuration and access information satisfies Requirement 10 and provides greater visibility into your network.
Requirement 11.2/11.3 – Perform Regular Audits and Penetration Testing
Cisco Meraki datacenters undergo thorough quarterly scans and daily penetration testing by Qualys, an Approved Scanning Vendor (ASV). Cisco Meraki is verified to be free of vulnerabilities such as injection flaws, cross-site scripting, misconfiguration, and insecure session management. Cisco Meraki datacenters are SSAE16 / SAS70 type II certified and hardened against physical and network intrustion. These procedures exceed the scanning and penetration testing requirements of requirement 11.2 and 11.3, respectively.
Requirement 11.1/11.4 – Detect Unauthorized Access
Cisco Meraki’s out-of-the-box WIDS/WIPS, Air Marshal, protects the network from unauthorized wireless access points that may compromise network security. Rogue APs are unauthorized wireless APs that connect to your wired LAN, or that connect to a separate network but masquerade as part of your WLAN, using your same SSID. Cisco Meraki automatically detects rogue APs, identifying their IP address, VLAN, manufacturer, and model, and optionally contains them to neutralize their threat. Air Marshal includes network-wide visualization, email alerts, and reporting, meeting Requirements 11.1 and 11.4.
For more information about Cisco Meraki security capabilities, PCI compliance, and configuration best practices, please contact a Cisco Meraki specialist.
Privacy and Data Protection
Cisco Meraki is committed to data protection, privacy, security, and compliance with applicable regulatory frameworks in the US and abroad. The Meraki cloud-based architecture is designed from the ground up with data protection, privacy, and security in mind.
The Cisco Meraki technical architecture and its internal administrative and procedural safeguards assist customers with the design and deployment of cloud-based networking solutions. The cornerstone of Meraki’s privacy driven architecture is our out-of-band control plane. This means only network management information (not user traffic data) flows from devices to the Meraki cloud, dramatically limiting the amount of personal data that is transferred to the Meraki cloud. In addition:
- EU Cloud—Networks configured to operate in the EU Cloud ensure that even the network management information is stored in the European Economic Area (EEA), including failover and back-up. With best practices implemented, customers can limit the transfer of personal data outside the EEA.
- Data Processing Addendum (DPA)—Cisco Meraki makes available to its customers a DPA that incorporates the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses (also known as the EU Model Clauses) so that customers may allow transfer and processing of personal data outside the EEA in accordance with applicable European privacy and data protection regulations and local laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that went into effect in May of 2018.
- Privacy Shield—Both Meraki LLC, and its parent company Cisco Systems, Inc., have certified their compliance with the EU-U.S. and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Frameworks and Principles set out by the US Department of Commerce for the collection, use, and retention of personal data transferred from the EU and Switzerland. Meraki and Cisco process personal data they receive, including in the case of onward transfers of personal data from the EU and Switzerland, in accordance with those Principles, ensuring an adequate level of protection under applicable European privacy and data protection regulations.
- Binding Corporate Rules—Cisco's data protection and privacy policies, standards, and related documentation ("BCR-C") have been approved by the European data protection supervisory authorities. This approval demonstrates that Cisco's Data Protection & Privacy program is aligned with EU requirements, including GDPR. Cisco's BCR-C sets forth the mandatory, minimum standards for handling EU personal data by Cisco, as a data controller. BCR-C approval serves as a legally valid transfer mechanism and commits Cisco to processing EU personal data in accordance with EU data protection standards anywhere in the world that Cisco operates. As a wholly owned subsidiary of Cisco, Meraki is also covered under Cisco's BCR-C.
- GDPR—The European Union General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) brings long-anticipated consistency to the data protection landscape in Europe. GDPR embodies the well-recognized privacy principles of transparency, fairness, and accountability. Cisco Meraki is committed to helping our customers and partners by protecting and respecting personal data, no matter where it comes from or where it flows. Read more about what Meraki has done to ready ourselves and our customers for the GDPR.
Meraki may from time to time partner with third party service providers who contract to provide the same level of data protection and information security that customers can expect from Meraki. Some of these third parties are engaged as “subprocessors” to process customer data, including limited personal data, in connection with providing you Meraki products, including Dashboard.
A list of subprocessors currently engaged by Meraki to provide our products is set out below. Meraki may update this list from time to time.
This page is provided for informational purposes only.
Cisco Meraki Service Level Agreement
This Service Level Agreement (this “Agreement”) sets forth Meraki’s obligations and our customers’ rights with respect to the performance of Meraki’s Hosted Software. All capitalized terms used but not otherwise defined in this Agreement have the meanings given to them in the End Customer Agreement or the Supplemental End User License Agreement between you (the “Customer”) and Meraki (in either case, the “Customer Agreement”). The standard terms of the End Customer Agreement are available at meraki.com/support/#policies, and the standard terms of the Supplemental End User License Agreement are available at www.cisco.com/go/terms.
1. Definitions. For purposes of this Agreement, the following terms have the meaning ascribed to each term below:
“Downtime” means if the Hosted Software is unavailable to Customer due to failure(s) in the Hardware, Firmware, or Hosted Software, as confirmed by both Customer and Cisco Meraki.
“Monthly Uptime Percentage” means the total number of minutes in a calendar month minus the number of minutes of Downtime suffered in a calendar month, divided by the total number of minutes in a calendar month.
“Service Credit” means the number of days that Cisco Meraki will add to the end of the Term, at no charge to Customer.
2. Service Level Warranty. During the Term, the Hosted Software will be operational and available to Customer at least 99.99% of the time in any calendar month (the “Service Level Warranty”). If the Monthly Uptime Percentage does not meet the Service Level Warranty in any calendar month, and if Customer meets its obligations under this Agreement, then Customer will be eligible to receive Service Credit as follows:
|< 99.99% - ≥ 99.9%||3|
|< 99.9% - ≥ 99.0%||7|
3. Customer Must Request Service Credit. In order to receive any of the Service Credits described above, Customer must notify Cisco Meraki within 30 days from the time Customer becomes eligible to receive a Service Credit. Failure to comply with this requirement will forfeit Customer’s right to receive a Service Credit.
4. Maximum Service Credit. The aggregate maximum amount of Service Credit to be issued by Cisco Meraki to Customer for all Downtime that occurs in a single calendar month will not exceed 15 days. Service Credit may not be exchanged for, or converted into, monetary amounts.
5. Exclusions. The Service Level Warranty does not apply to any services that expressly exclude this Service Level Warranty (as stated in the documentation for such services) or any performance issues (i) caused by strikes (other than strikes of a party’s own employees), shortages, riots, insurrection, fires, flood, storm, explosions, acts of God, war, governmental action, labor conditions (other than with respect to a party’s own employees), earthquakes, material shortages or any other causes that are beyond the reasonable control of a party so long as the parties use commercially reasonable efforts, including the implementation of business continuity measures, to mitigate the effects of such force majeure., (ii) that resulted from Customer’s equipment or third party equipment, or both (not within the primary control of Meraki), or (iii) that otherwise resulted from Customer’s violation of the restrictions or Customer responsibilities set forth in the Customer Agreement.
6. Exclusive Remedy. This Agreement states Customer’s sole and exclusive remedy for any failure by Cisco Meraki to meet the Service Level Warranty.
General Data Protection Regulation
1. What is GDPR?On May 25, 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect in the European Union. GDPR governs how both "Data Controllers" and "Data Processors" collect and process "Personal Data" in the EU. Based on well recognized privacy principles of accountability, fairness and transparency, GDPR brings long awaited consistency to data protection in the EU by harmonizing the existing patchwork of national data protection legislation across all EU member countries.
2. Cisco Meraki's Commitment to GDPR ReadinessCisco Meraki is dedicated to helping our customers and partners navigate GDPR by protecting and respecting personal data, no matter where it is collected or processed, and is committed to compliance with applicable regulatory frameworks in the US and abroad, including GDPR. Together with the Cisco Privacy Office, Cisco Meraki established a cross-functional team of Product, Engineering, Legal and Privacy experts to ensure that Cisco Meraki is ready to meet GDPR requirements when they come into force. Below are key highlights of how Cisco Meraki is preparing for the GDPR enforcement date of May 25, 2018:
- Policies and Standards: further development of standards and processes to define the personal data lifecycle and help ensure data transparency, accuracy, accessibility, completeness, security, and consistency across the Cisco Meraki platform.
- Data Inventory and Mapping: completion of an assessment of the Cisco Meraki product architecture known as a data protection impact assessment (DPIA).
- Incident Response: ongoing review and update of Cisco Meraki’s incident response process, including improved coordination with cross-functional teams from the Privacy, Security, Legal, Engineering and Product groups at Cisco Meraki and its parent company, Cisco Systems, Inc.
- Data Transfer Mechanisms: certification to the EU-U.S. and Swiss-US Privacy Shield Frameworks and Principles set out by the US Department of Commerce for the collection, use, processing and cross-border transfer of personal data from the EU and Switzerland to the US (current); under the leadership of Cisco Systems, Inc, approval of Binding Corporate Rules-C (complete); update of the Cisco Meraki Data Processing Addendum incorporating the European Commission’s Standard Contractual Clauses (SCC) to ensure alignment with GDPR requirements (available here).
- Third Party Audit and Certifications: maintenance of the Cisco Meraki Dashboard Payment Card Industry (PCI) Level 1 certification and data center certifications, such as SAS70 type II / SSAE16 and ISO 27001.
- Privacy by Design: continued integration of data protection, privacy, and security principles into product design and development processes at all stages of the product development lifecycle.
- Data Protection and Privacy Awareness for Employees: continued employee training and awareness regarding data protection and privacy through company-wide interactive campaigns, training courses, external certifications and online collaboration and communication resources.
- Dashboard Feature Development: development of new Dashboard features to help enable Cisco Meraki customers, as Data Controllers, to respond to data subject requests under GDPR. Such features will be available via Dashboard without any additional cost to customers with valid software licenses in place.
3. GDPR BasicsData Controller: the entity responsible for making decisions regarding the processing of personal data that has the direct relationship with the individual data subject (i.e.., when handling employee data, Cisco Meraki acts as the Data Controller.)
Data Processor: the natural or legal person processing personal data on behalf of the Data Controller. Importantly, GDPR significantly changes the level of responsibility and accountability of Data Processors. Under GDPR, Data Processors have direct liability and are subject to regulatory enforcement and civil actions. GDPR also imposes statutory obligations related to processing records, data breach notification processes and erasure of personal data. Notably, when providing products to our customers, Cisco Meraki acts primarily as a Data Processor with respect to customer personal data.
Personal Data: any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (i.e., the data subject).
Processing: any operation or set of operations which is performed on personal data, whether or not by automated means, such as collection, recording, structuring, storage, adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure, or destruction.
4. Key Features of GDPRGreater Territorial Reach: GDPR applies to Data Controllers and Data Processors that are established in the EU or that, regardless of location, collect and/or process personal data of data subjects present in the EU.
Material Fines: Data Controllers and Data Processors may face maximum fines under GDPR for egregious mishandling of personal data ranging from 2% to 4% of their annual global revenue.
One-Stop Shop Structure: companies subject to GDPR are accountable to the data protection authority (DPA) of the country of their main establishment in the EU (in cooperation with other relevant DPAs). As Cisco Meraki’s parent company, Cisco Systems, Inc., has established EU headquarters in Amsterdam, Cisco Meraki's "main establishment" is the Netherlands and the Dutch DPA is Cisco Meraki's lead authority.
Enhanced Rights for Data Subjects:
- Data Portability: depending on the product or service and data involved, data subjects may have a right to request data that they supplied to Data Controllers be given to them in commonly used electronic format.
- Consent: consent by data subjects to collection and processing of personal data must be fully informed, freely given and revocable at any time. In addition, the sale of goods or services cannot be contingent on consent.
- Right to Erasure: data subjects have the right to request deletion of their data where there are no legitimate grounds for retaining it.
Privacy by Design/Default: privacy issues must be considered and addressed at the design phase of products, and privacy driven functionality must be designed into data driven technology. To the extent privacy options are available, the default setting should be the more privacy protective option.
Breach Notification: GDPR requires Data Controllers to notify relevant Data Protection Authorities (DPAs) within 72 hours of becoming aware of a personal data breach, unless the breach is unlikely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of impacted data subjects. Data Controllers must also notify impacted data subjects without undue delay when a high risk to rights and freedoms is likely. Data Processors must notify Data Controllers of a data breach without undue delay.
Data Processor and Data Controller Liability: GDPR imposes new liability and accountability obligations directly on Data Processors. In addition, Data Controllers will be liable for the misconduct of the Data Processors they select, unless they can prove that they were not in any way at fault under GDPR.
Data Protection Officer (DPO): companies should (and in some cases may be required to) appoint a Data Protection Officer (DPO) and a team that is accountable for data protection efforts and activities.
5. Additional Cisco Meraki Privacy Resources
- Cisco Meraki EU Cloud
- Cisco Meraki EU Cloud Configuration Guide
- Cisco Meraki EU Data Processing Addendum
- Cisco Meraki Privacy Shield Certification
- Cisco Meraki Technical and Organizational Measures
- Cisco Meraki Trust Page
- Cisco Meraki Out of Band Architecture
- Cisco Meraki EU Privacy and Data Protection Compliance
- Cisco Meraki PCI Compliance
- Cisco Meraki Security Tools and Best Practices for Administrators
The information provided on this page is for informational purposes only.