CloudSense privacy notice – job applicants

What is the purpose of this document?

CloudSense Ltd is the data controller in relation to the personal data we collect, store and use when you apply for work with CloudSense Ltd or one of its affiliates. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. This privacy notice will inform you of how and why your personal data will be used, namely for the purposes of the recruitment exercise, and how long it will usually be retained for. It provides you with certain information that must be provided under data protection laws, including the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (GDPR) and the UK Data Protection Act 2018.

The information we hold about you

In connection with your application for work with us, we may collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

Categories of personal data Where we collect this from

Personal details including name, address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, gender, employment history and qualifications.

From you (or the recruitment agency who introduces you to us) in your application form, curriculum vitae and covering letter, or during an interview.

Third parties who provide references about you, including your current and former employers.

Sensitive personal data including race or ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation, or information about your health, including any medical condition.

From you (or the recruitment agency who introduces you to us) in your application form, curriculum vitae and covering letter, or during an interview, if you choose to provide this information to us.

Information about any criminal convictions or offences.

From you and/or third party agencies who carry out pre-employment checks on our behalf.

Evidence of your right to work in the UK, which may include your passport details or work visa details.

From you and/or third party agencies who carry out pre-employment checks on our behalf.

 

How we will use information about you

We will use the personal information we collect about you to:

  • Assess your skills, qualifications, and suitability for the role you are applying for.

  • Carry out background and reference checks.

  • Communicate with you about the recruitment process.

  • Keep records related to our hiring processes.

  • Comply with legal or regulatory requirements.

It is in our legitimate interests to decide whether to appoint you to the role you are applying for since it would be beneficial to our business to appoint someone that is suitable for that role.

We also need to process your personal information to decide whether to enter into a contract with you.

If you fail to provide personal information

If you fail to provide information when requested, which is necessary for us to consider your application (such as evidence of qualifications or work history), we will not be able to process your application successfully. For example, if we require a credit check or references for this role and you fail to provide us with relevant details, we will not be able to take your application further.

How we use sensitive personal information

We will use sensitive personal information about you in the following ways:

  • We will use information about your disability status to consider whether we need to provide appropriate adjustments during the recruitment process.

  • Where provided, we will use information about your race or national or ethnic origin, religious beliefs and sexual orientation to ensure equal opportunity monitoring and reporting.

  • We will use data about your nationality or ethnicity to assess whether a work permit and a visa will be necessary for the role.

Information about criminal convictions

We may collect information about your criminal convictions history if we would like to offer you the role (conditional on checks and any other conditions, such as references, being satisfactory). We are entitled to carry out a criminal records check in order to satisfy ourselves that there is nothing in your criminal convictions history which makes you unsuitable for the role.

Automated decision-making

You will not be subject to decisions that will have a significant impact on you based solely on automated decision-making.

Data sharing

Why might you share my personal information with third parties?

We will only share your personal information with third parties for the purposes of processing your application, such as pre-employment background checking agencies. All our third-party service providers and other entities in the group are required to take appropriate security measures to protect your personal information in line with our policies. We do not allow our third-party service providers to use your personal data for their own purposes. We only permit them to process your personal data for specified purposes and in accordance with our instructions.

Data security

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need-to-know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.

Data retention

How long will you use my information for?

We will retain your personal information for a period of one year after you have submitted your application. We retain your personal information for that period so that we can show, in the event of a legal claim, that we have not discriminated against candidates on prohibited grounds and that we have conducted the recruitment exercise in a fair and transparent way. After this period, we will securely destroy your personal information in accordance with applicable laws and regulations.

If we wish to retain your personal information on file, on the basis that a further opportunity may arise in future and we may wish to consider you for that, we will write to you separately, seeking your explicit consent to retain your personal information for a fixed period on that basis.

Your rights in connection with personal information

Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a "data subject access request"). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.

  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.

  • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).

  • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes.

  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.

  • Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.

If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact dpo@cloudsense.com.

Data protection officer

We have appointed a data protection officer (DPO) to oversee compliance with this privacy notice. If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please contact dpo@cloudsense.com. You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) who is responsible for data protection issues in the UK. If you are based outside the UK, you have the right to lodge your complaint with the relevant data protection regulator in your country of residence.