(pursuant to the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/679 EU)
Data controller: Highclere Stud Limited, Burghclere, Nr. Newbury, Berkshire. RG20 9LT
As part of any recruitment process, Highclere Stud collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. Highclere Stud is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.
What information does Highclere Stud collect?
Highclere Stud 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 Highclere Stud 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.
Highclere Stud may collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, CVs or résumés, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment, including online tests.
Highclere Stud may 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. 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 Highclere Stud process personal data?
Highclere Stud needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It may also need to process your data to enter into a contract with you.
In some cases, Highclere Stud 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.
Highclere Stud 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 Highclere Stud to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate’s suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. Highclere Stud may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.
Highclere Stud may process information about whether or not applicants are disabled to make reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
Where Highclere Stud processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health, religion or belief, this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes.
For some roles, Highclere Stud is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where Highclere Stud 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, Highclere Stud may keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. Highclere Stud 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 may 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.
Highclere Stud will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. Highclere Stud may 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.
Highclere Stud will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.
How does Highclere Stud protect data?
Highclere Stud 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.
For how long does Highclere Stud keep data?
If your application for employment is unsuccessful, Highclere Stud will hold your data on file for six months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. If you agree to allow Highclere Stud to keep your personal data on file, Highclere Stud will hold your data on file for up to six years 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 then be held will be provided to you in an Employee 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 Highclere Stud to change incorrect or incomplete data;
- require Highclere Stud to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing; and
- object to the processing of your data where Highclere Stud is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing.
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or ask to speak with the Accounts Manager
If you believe that Highclere Stud 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 Highclere Stud during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, Highclere Stud may not be able to process your application properly or at all.
Recruitment processes are not based solely on automated decision-making.