Creative ITC Recruitment Privacy Notice
Creative Network Consulting Limited (“Creative ITC”) understands that your privacy is important to you. Creative ITC collects and processes a variety of personal data (which is data capable of identifying a living individual). This Recruitment Privacy Notice describes how we handle and protect your personal data in connection with our recruitment processes. It also sets out your rights as an individual.
This Recruitment Privacy Notice only applies to the personal data of job applicants and potential candidates for employment or engagement by Creative ITC.
It is our priority to keep your personal data safe, secure and only processed in accordance with your expectations and with our obligations under the applicable UK, EU and member state laws and regulations on data protection, in particular the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 (GDPR), the UK GDPR and the UK Data Protection Act 2018 (collectively, the “Data Protection Laws”).
2. Personal data we collect
Personal data is any information about an individual from which that person can be directly or indirectly identified. It doesn’t include anonymised data, i.e. where all identifying details have been removed. The personal data that Creative ITC process in the recruitment process includes:
- your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
- details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history, professional memberships and any other personal data included in your CV, covering letter or interview notes;
- information about your current level of remuneration, including benefits and pension entitlements;
- information about your entitlement to work in the UK, including immigration/visa status;
- contact details for your nominated referees, where applicable.
Special category data is data which is more sensitive. This is data which relates to your health, sex life, sexual orientation, race, ethnic origin, political opinion, religion, trade union membership or genetic and biometric data. In the recruitment process, the only special category data which Creative ITC process is limited to what is necessary to determine whether or not you have a disability for which Creative ITC needs to make reasonable adjustments for.
Criminal conviction data is personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences or related security measures. We do not collect such information at any point in our recruitment process.
3. How we collect your personal data:
Creative ITC will collect personal data directly from you in circumstances where you wish to apply for a position with us, whether this is online, through emails to us, through your passport or other identity documents, at a recruitment fair, collected through interviews, or otherwise.
There are also other occasions where instead of collecting personal data directly from you, we may learn about you through third parties such as recruitment agencies, where an employee recommends you, or from other sources such as LinkedIn (or other similar sites). If you are successful in your application (and agree to a role with us), we may also collect information about you from previous employers and/or academic institutions which you have attended.
This Recruitment Privacy Notice applies in respect of all recruitment activity whether you have provided personal data directly to us or it has been provided to us through a third party.
4. Why we collect personal information
4.1 We collect your personal information for the following specified purposes:
- To consider your application for a job;
- To contact you about your job application;
- To send you any tests/exercises to be completed as part of the interview process;
- To move your application forward;
- To send you notifications about your progress.
4.2 We collect your special category data for the following specified purposes:
- To determine reasonable adjustments (as under the UK Equality Act 2010 employers have a duty to make reasonable adjustments for disabled people);
- To comply with any other statutory and/or regulatory requirements and obligations.
5. Our lawful basis
Creative ITC may only process your personal data where there is a lawful basis allowing us to do so. When we process your personal data during the recruitment process, we will rely on the following lawful basis’:
- Contract: where processing personal information is necessary to move applications forward before signing a contract of employment or a contract for services;
- Legal obligation: where processing personal information is required by law. For example, when we are required by law to perform checks about your right to work in the location of the vacancy or to ensure reasonable adjustments are made for disabled applicants or employees;
- Legitimate interest: where it is in the legitimate interests of Creative ITC to process personal information. For example: in order to decide whether to offer employment, to make decisions about salary and benefits, to assess training needs, to defend legal claims against us and to send you notifications about your progress; and
- Consent: in certain circumstances, such as when we process special category information about you where we have to rely on consent because we can’t rely on another basis of processing, we may be required to seek your consent. Where we do ask for your consent, we will tell you the reasons for the processing, you will have full control over your decision to give or withhold consent and there will be no consequences where consent is withheld. Consent, once given, may be withdrawn at any time. Please note that we don’t need your consent if we use special categories of personal data in order to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights under employment law.
We always ensure that the personal data which we collect, and the processing of it, is proportionate. We will notify you of any changes to the personal data we collect, or the purposes for which we collect and process it, by updating this Recruitment Privacy Notice. It is important that you check for updates to this Recruitment Privacy Notice from time to time.
6. Who we share your information with
We will share your personal data with Creative employees who have responsibility for recruitment, such as members of the HR team, and other parties directly involved in the recruitment process, for example the applicable Creative ITC Hiring Manager. Employees who access personal information are aware of their obligations to only process personal information in accordance with the Data Protection Laws.
Where you have applied through a recruitment agency, please ensure that you read the privacy notice of any recruitment agencies and are fully aware of how they are processing your personal data.
Where you are successful in a job application, we may share personal information with third parties (the reference contacts you’ve given us) to obtain references and to perform pre-employment checks. If you are employed with us, you will be required to sign an employment contract which may contain additional details about how your personal information will be handled and stored once you are an employee.
Please note that pre-employment screening and references are only conducted once a conditional offer of employment has been made. As such, these checks are not carried out on applicants unless they have accepted a job offer.
Depending on the role applied for, we may conduct criminal record checks (in the form of a basic DBS check) as well as credit and/or directorship checks. We will only carry out such pre-employment checks where we have a legal requirement to do so or where such checks are generally accepted principles of good practice (provided this is permittable under applicable law), and where such checks are directly relevant to the particular position applied for. We will advise you when we need to carry out these checks and will seek your consent where appropriate to do so.
7. Where personal information is stored
Your personal data may be held at our offices in the UK. It will not be transferred or stored outside of the EEA or the UK.
8. How your personal information is kept secure
We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your personal information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to appropriate duties of confidentiality.
We also have procedures in place to deal with data security breaches. We will notify you and the ICO of a data security breach, where we are legally required to do so.
9. How long we keep your personal information
We keep the personal data that we obtain about you during the recruitment process for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed. How long we keep your information will depend on whether your application is successful, the nature of the information concerned and the purposes for which it is processed.
If your application is not successful, we will keep your personal information for a maximum of six (6) months from the date on which we were last in contact with you. This is to ensure that we can re-engage with you should we change our mind within the six (6) month timeframe regarding your application (if, for example, we decide we do want to offer you the job) or if an alternative suitable role arises within this time. We also keep it for this amount of time to ensure we’re able to resolve any issues or queries about the recruitment process which may arise.
Unless you are successful, all personal information which is held about you will be deleted or destroyed at the end of the 6-month period, and no record of your application will be held by us after then. For the avoidance of doubt, this includes all locally held personal information, in either soft or hardcopy form. We may delete your personal data before the 6-month period has ended if you have exercised your right to object to the processing and we have no other lawful basis to continue the processing.
If your application is successful, your personal data will be transferred to our HR department and processing will be subject to your employment contract and employment privacy notice (and the accompanying data retention schedule) or the supplier/contactor privacy notice (and the accompany data retention schedule) if you are a contractor.
10. Your rights
The Data Protection Laws give you certain rights in relation to the personal information which we hold about you. These are:
- The right to be informed. This means that we must tell you how and why we use your personal information. The purpose of this Recruitment Privacy Notice is to keep you informed.
- The right of access. You have the right to access the personal information that we hold on you. To do so, you should make a subject access request. You normally will not have to pay a fee to access your personal data (or to exercise any of your other rights), however, if a request is clearly unfounded, repetitive or excessive, we may charge a reasonable fee. Alternatively, in certain circumstances, we may refuse to comply with your request.
- The right for any inaccuracies to be corrected. If any personal information that we hold about you is incomplete or inaccurate, you can require us to correct it. We may ask for confirmation from you that the updated information you provide is accurate and correct. It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed of any changes to your personal information which we hold about you.
- The right to have information deleted. If you would like us to stop processing your personal information, you have the right to ask us to delete it from our systems where you believe there is no reason for us to continue processing it. Please be aware that we may not be required to delete personal information, for example where we are required to keep the information by law. When we do not agree to delete your personal information, we will tell you as soon as possible after the deletion request is made.
- The right to restrict the processing of the personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of your personal information in the following scenarios: (a) if you want us to establish its accuracy; (b) where our use of the personal information is unlawful but you do not want us to erase it; (c) where you need us to hold the personal information even if we no longer require it as you need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (d) you have objected to our use of your personal data but we need to verify whether we have overriding legitimate grounds to use it.
- The right to portability. You may transfer the personal information that we hold on you for your own purposes. Where we have relied upon consent as a legal basis, we may be required to provide you with your personal information in an easily transferable format.
- The right to object to the inclusion of any information. You have the right to object to our processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or the legitimate interest of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing. An objection could be because you feel the processing impacts on your fundamental rights and freedoms. In some cases, we may demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate grounds to process your information which override your rights and freedoms.
- The right to regulate any automated decision-making and profiling of personal information. You have a right not to be subject to automated decision making that adversely affects your legal rights.
- Where you have provided consent to enable our use of your personal information, you also have the unrestricted right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent means that we will stop processing the personal information that you had previously given us consent to use.
11. Further information
If you make a subject access request, or exercise any other of your rights, we may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity or verify your right to access your personal data. This is a security measure to ensure that personal data is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.
12. How you can contact us
If you have any questions about this Recruitment Privacy Notice or data protection or privacy matters generally, or if you would like exercise any of your rights as set out in part 10 of this Recruitment Privacy Notice, please contact Creative’s Data Protection Officer. The contact email address for the Data Protection Officer is:
13. Your right to complain
Whilst we hope that you will not need to, if you wish to make any complaint about how we handle personal information, you may contact our Data Protection Officer as above. We would appreciate the chance to deal with your concerns before you approach the ICO, however where you are unsatisfied with the response of the Data Protection Officer or are unable to get your issue resolved, please be aware that you also have the right to complain to the relevant data protection Supervisory Authority – this is the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). You can contact the ICO as follows:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane
Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
14. Status of Privacy Notice and changes
This Recruitment Privacy Notice is effective from April 2022. We may change it from time to time so please check regularly to keep informed of updates.
Last updated: 05/04/22