A controller refers to the entity that determines the “purposes and means” of how personal data will be processed. [1] Determining the “means” of processing refers to deciding “how” information will be processed.[2] That does not mean, however, that a controller must make every decision with respect to the processing of information.

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The European GDPR does not use the term “service provider” and, instead, refers to “processors.” While processors within the GDPR are defined in a similar manner to service providers under the CCPA, the GDPR is far more proscriptive regarding the contractual terms that must be present in a processor agreement. Specifically, the GDPR requires