Privacy Notice for Job Applicants –
To comply with the
General Data Protection Regulations
Review date: February 2022
Next review: February 2023
Data controller: Don Morris, CEO/Secretary c/o Nalda.firstname.lastname@example.org
Data protection officer: Maria Futcher, HR Manager email@example.com
As part of any recruitment process, the Society collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The Society is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.
What information does the Society collect?
The Society collects a range of information about you. This includes:
your name, address, and contact details, including email address and telephone number.
details of your qualifications, skills, experience, and employment history.
information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements.
whether or not you have a disability for which the Society needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process.
information about your entitlement to work in the UK; and
equal opportunities monitoring information, including information about your ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health and religion or belief.
The Society collects this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment, including online tests.
The Society will also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers and information from criminal records checks. The Society will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.
Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).
Why does the Society process personal data?
The Society needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It also needs to process your data to enter into a contract with you.
In some cases, the Society needs to process data to ensure that it is complying with its legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.
The Society has a legitimate interest in processing personal data during the recruitment process and for keeping records of the process. Processing data from job applicants allows the Society to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. The Society may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.
Where the Society relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not.
The Society processes health information if it needs to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for candidates who have a disability. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
Where the Society processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief, this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes.
For some roles, the Society is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where the Society seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for it to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
If your application is unsuccessful, the Society will keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. The Society will ask for your consent before it keeps your data for this purpose, and you are free to withdraw your consent at any time.
Who has access to data?
Your information will be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the HR and recruitment team, interviewers involved in the recruitment process, managers in the business area with a vacancy and IT staff if access to the data is necessary for the performance of their roles.
The Society will not share your data with third parties unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. The Society will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you, employment background check providers to obtain necessary background checks and the Disclosure and Barring Service to obtain necessary criminal records checks.
The Society will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.
How does the Society protect data?
The Society takes the security of your data seriously. It has internal policies and controls in place to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused, or disclosed, and is not accessed except by our employees in the proper performance of their duties. The Society’s Computer Security and Data Protection policies cover these aspects of data security.
For how long does the Society keep data?
If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the Society will hold your data on file for a period of six months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. If you agree to allow the Society to keep your personal data on file, the Society will hold your data on file for a further six months for consideration for future employment opportunities. At the end of that period or once you withdraw your consent, your data is deleted or destroyed.
If your application for employment is successful, personal data gathered during the recruitment process will be transferred to your personnel file and retained during your employment. The periods for which your data will be held will be provided to you in a new privacy notice.
As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:
access and obtain a copy of your data on request.
require the Society to change incorrect or incomplete data.
require the Society to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing.
object to the processing of your data where the Society is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing; and
ask the Society to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override the Society's legitimate grounds for processing data.
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact:
Maria Futcher by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by post at Co-operative House, 3 Wells Hill, Radstock BA3 3RQ.
If you believe that the Society has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.
What if you do not provide personal data?
You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the Society during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the Society may not be able to process your application properly or at all.
Recruitment processes are not based solely on automated decision-making.