data security and compliance

Website Accessibility

VPAT: WCAG, ADA, and 508 Standards

There are suggested standards around people with disabilities accessing websites, with varying levels of compliance. They’re listed by Web Content Accessibility GuidelinesAmericans with Disabilities Act508 Standards, and they’re aggregated as the Voluntary Product Accessibility Template.

Blackthorn is AA compliant with its VPAT. The feature is accessed via the image below. To enable it, please contact our support team.

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SOC 2

Businesses need to work with vendors they can trust to keep their data private and secure. To address this, Blackthorn.io‘s SOC 2 report provides an independent, third-party validation that shows Blackthorn.io‘s information security practices meet industry standards stipulated by the AICPA.

If you’d like to review the report, please click the button below.

Fedramp Certification

Fedramp: For select US Government entities

Blackthorn provides customers with a managed package of objects that get uploaded and used inside of Salesforce accounts. Salesforce, which is Fedramp certified, is where all customer data and personally identifiable information is stored.  

Since Blackthorn stores no customer data anywhere, and all such data is stored in Salesforce, Blackthorn does not fall within FedRamp parameters. Blackthorn leverages Heroku, a Salesforce product, to surface event web pages like landing pages, registration pages, and calendars. We cache non-sensitive event data like event names, images, and dates on Heroku for fast loading and reduced queries.

Heroku is not FedRamp certified, but given the innocuous nature of the event data cached there (event name, date, location, etc.), FedRamp certification might not be of concern.

PII: GDPR and HIPAA

PII –Personally Identifiable Information is a modern term for any information about an individual, such as their email address or phone number, from which they can be personally identified. A number of sets of legislation that differ by country were created around the handling of PII.

GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation is a large set of policies that stem down to giving your end customers the right to be forgotten, either completely or on a selective basis, and of the handling of a customer’s PII. Blackthorn does not have a separate data store, all PII is stored in your own Salesforce environment. Management of customer data is managed by each organization we work with and not by Blackthorn, such as a customer asking to have their data removed. GDPR generally applies to European-based organizations and also to European-based customers.

HIPAA – Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act compliance, in the context of Blackthorn, is similar to GDPR, in the customer data is only stored in your Salesforce environment. The handling of this data depends upon your organization’s policies.

Our Data Flows

Blackthorn data flows are across Blackthorn Events and Blackthorn Payments. We are not the system of record, as all data is stored in Salesforce. Blackthorn.io‘s information security practices meet industry standards stipulated by the AICPA. If you’d like to review our SOC 2 report, which outlines this, please click the button below.
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FERPA Compliance

FERPA is a privacy act related to academic records and students’ associated directory information. The act states academic data may be made available to parents until the student turns eighteen or attends school past the high school level. Since Blackthorn.io’s apps don’t store the data – and acts as a passthrough- the governance for FERPA falls on the college.

Credit Card PCI Compliance

PCI DSS: Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard

Every business aims to be “PCI-compliant”. This largely boils down to the handling of card numbers and CVV codes. Blackthorn has never stored card numbers or CVV codes on any version of our application. PCI compliance is much more involved than this, such as how tokenization occurs, if card numbers are encrypted or not stored at all (stored instead in the gateway, such as Stripe or Authorize.net), access to card data, etc. 

PCI standards have different tiers of compliance. Blackthorn is PCI SAQ D compliant. Here is Blackthorn’s complete Attestation of Compliance, signed by a third-party auditor.

Broken down more specifically, all of our interfaces, such as our Events checkout, PayLink, DocumentLink, and our Virtual Terminal, all perform client-side tokenization, which means that the card details are sent directly from the user’s browser to the gateway. The card details never hit the database (Salesforce). Only the tokenized form of the card is then stored, which is a PCI-compliant approach.

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