Data Protection Policy – Buzz People Recruitment Ltd
Buzz People is committed to working in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation and with the highest standards of ethical conduct.
This policy outlines the rules, behaviours and standards required of the organisation, employees, workers and third parties working on behalf of Buzz People in relation to the collection, retention, transfer, disclosure, use and destruction of any personal data. All workers will be responsible for data protection and must abide by the rules and policies of Buzz People.
Personal Data and Sensitive Personal Data
There are two types of personal data that fall under the GDPR and for which Buzz People, its employees, workers and third parties are responsible for. These are: -
- Personal Data
- Sensitive Personal Data
Data Protection Principles
Buzz People is committed to adhering to the Data Protection Principles which state:
1.Data must be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner.
2.Data must be obtained for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes and not further processed in a manner that is incompatible with those purposes.
3.Data processed must be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary.
4.Data must be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date; every reasonable step must be taken to ensure data that are inaccurate, are erased or rectified without delay.
5.Data must not be kept for longer than is necessary for the purposes for which the data are processed.
6.Data must be processed in a manner that ensures appropriate security of the personal data, including protection against unauthorised or unlawful processing, accidental loss, destruction or damage, using appropriate technical or organisational measures.
Information is kept and processed about individuals for legal purposes (such as for payroll), for administration purposes and for the purposes of day-to-day people-management. Buzz People is aware that in order to process personal data or sensitive personal data, Buzz People must rely on the data being:
- necessary for the performance of a contract, or
- in preparation for a contract, or
- to comply with our legal obligations, or
- for our legitimate business interests or
- to perform a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of an official authority
If Buzz People wishes to hold and process data which does not fall within conditions listed above, then it will seek to obtain the consent of the individual.
If it is necessary to obtain consent then Buzz People will write to the individual to ask for consent, ensuring that the consent is:
- Freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous
- Separate from other terms
- Clear and in plain language
- As easy to give as to withdraw
- ‘Explicit’ for sensitive data
- Given in a way that can be evidenced
- Unless consent to processing data is critical to the performance of a contract, the performance of a contract will not be made conditional on the basis that consent is given
Buzz People collects and processes the following personal data:
- Employee data: name, address, bank details, NI number, contact details for the purposes of payroll, previous employment details, references and criminal history
Rights of Data Subjects
Buzz People will recognise that individuals have the following rights under data protection legislation:
- the right to be informed, which encompasses the obligation on employers to provide transparency as to how personal data will be used
- the right of access
- the right to rectification of data that is inaccurate or incomplete
- the right to be forgotten under certain circumstances
- the right to block or suppress processing of personal data; and
- the new right to data portability which allows employees to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes across different services under certain circumstances
Right of Access
Individuals have the right to access the information stored about them. Employees can ask for access to their own personal details held electronically or held manually. Employees who wish to see their records should give notice electronically, in writing, using the Subject Access Request Form which can be requested from email@example.com. Buzz People has up to 1 month to provide the information following the subject access request, which it will usually do in electronic format.
In the event that data is retained with third parties, Buzz People will ensure that the request is communicated and actioned by the third party in line with the timescales outlined above, unless impossible or if it would require disproportionate effort.
Rectification of Data
Buzz People is committed to keeping data that is accurate and up to date. Data will be checked for accuracy where possible and, any data that is in accurate, out of date or unnecessary will be corrected or erased as appropriate.
Where an individual identifies that their personal data is incorrect or incomplete, or where they are aware that their personal data has changed, they must inform Buzz People as soon as possible. Buzz People will then take steps to rectify any inaccuracies as soon as possible, and at the latest within 1 month.
In complex cases, or where there are numerous cases, Buzz People will liaise with the individual to inform them of progress of their request and, if it is not possible to complete this within 1 month, Buzz People will inform the individual of the delay and the reasons for the delay and reserves the right to extend the timescale for completion by up to a further 2 months.
In the event that data has been disclosed to third parties, Buzz People will ensure that the request for rectification is communicated and actioned by the third party in line with the timescales outlined above, unless this is impossible or if it would involve disproportionate effort.
The Right to be Forgotten
Also known as ‘the right to erasure’, the right to be forgotten doesn’t provide an absolute right to be forgotten, but data subjects have a right to have personal data erased and to prevent processing in some circumstances i.e.
- Where the personal data is no longer necessary in relation to the purpose for which it was originally collected/processed
- When the individual withdraws consent
- When the individual objects to the processing and there is no overriding legitimate interest for continuing the processing
- The personal data was unlawfully processed
- The personal data has to be erased in order to comply with a legal obligation
- The personal data is processed in relation to the offer of information society services to a child
If you wish to ask for your own personal data to be partially/fully erased and no longer processed, please write to Data Protection Officer at Halfpenny House, 2 East Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0BN. 01329 233053 or firstname.lastname@example.org with full details of your request. The Company has up to 1 month to respond to you and either delete the data or explain why it is unable to comply with your request. Circumstances where Buzz People may be unable to comply include where it is required to retain the information by law, or if the data is needed in connection with legal proceedings.
In complex cases, or where there are numerous related requests, Buzz People will liaise with you to inform you of progress of the request and, if it is not possible to respond to this within 1 month, Buzz People will inform you of the delay, the reasons for the delay and reserves the right to extend the timescale for completion by up to a further 2 months, if necessary.
In the event that data is retained with third parties, Buzz People will ensure that the request is communicated and if appropriate actioned by the third party in line with the timescales outlined above.
Security of Data
Buzz People is committed to taking steps to ensure that personal data is protected and to prevent any unauthorised access, accidental loss, destruction, unlawful processing, equipment failure or human error and will do this through the continual monitoring of our security systems and by regular training and awareness raising.
Any data breaches or near misses, will be managed according to the procedures documented in our Data Protection Breach Reporting Policy and Procedure.
Buzz People is committed to ensuring that subject data is kept for no longer than necessary and only kept as long as it’s relevant and necessary for legitimate purposes. As soon as data is no longer necessary for the purposes for which it was originally collected, it will be securely deleted, unless it is necessary to keep the data for some other legitimate reason.
Buzz People does not intentionally keep data longer than necessary and when data is no longer required, Buzz People is committed to securely deleting it as soon as possible.
For more information and our retention guidelines, please refer to our Data Retention Policy.
All staff are responsible for data protection and should be alert to any actual, suspected, threatened or potential data protection breaches. As soon as a data protection breach has been discovered, where possible, the member of staff should complete a Data Protection Breach Reporting Form (to the fullest extent possible at that time), which provides full details concerning the breach. This form should then be passed to Data Protection Officer at Halfpenny House, 2 East Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0BN. 01329 233053 or
email@example.com as soon as possible and within 24 hours of the discovery of the breach. If you need help completing the form, or are unable to complete the form, then any delay should be avoided and instead the matter should be reported immediately, either verbally or using electronic means, such as email.
For more information regarding managing data protection breaches, please refer to the Data Protection Breach Reporting Policy and Procedure.
We confirm that whilst we will transfer your data to third parties and suppliers within the EEA, we will not transfer your data to a country outside the EEA.
On occasion you may wish to allow your data to be transferred to another Organisation either by you receiving the data and transferring it, or by the data being transferred directly.
This right to data portability only applies to data that you have provided to Buzz People, where the data processing is based either on your consent or the performance of the contract and where the processing is carried out by automated means, and it will only be transferred where it is technically feasible to do so.
If you wish to make a request for your data to be transferred, you must write to us at Data Protection Officer at Halfpenny House, 2 East Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0BN. 01329 233053 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to you within 1 month. If the requests are numerous or complex we reserve the right to extend this timescale by a further 2 months. If we are unable to complete your request, we will write to you to inform you why, along with your right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
Objections to Personal Data Processing
You have the right to object to data processing where Buzz People is:
- processing information based on its legitimate business interests, or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority (including profiling)
- direct marketing
- processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics
If you wish to object to processing, you should write to Data Protection Officer at Halfpenny House, 2 East Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0BN. 01329 233053 or email@example.com outlining the grounds relating to your particular situation and we will stop the processing unless we have compelling legitimate grounds for the processing which override your interests, rights and freedoms or the processing is in relation to legal claims. If we are unable to agree to your request, we will write to inform you why, along with your right to complain to the ICO.
Organisational Data Protection Measures
Buzz People is committed to ensuring the security of your data and to processing it in line with the Data Protection rules. As such, the organisation will:
- Ensure that all staff are aware of their responsibilities and the Organisation’s obligations and responsibilities in relation to data protection
- Ensure that all staff and individuals/Organisations who handle data on behalf of the organisation are appropriately trained and receive refresher training on a regular basis
- Ensure that all staff and individuals/Organisations who handle data on our behalf are regularly monitored, assessed and reviewed
- Ensure that all Organisations who handle data on our behalf are carrying out data processing in line with the Data Protection rules
- Regularly review the Organisation’s methods of data collection, handling, processing and storage
Privacy Impact AssessmentsAs part of Buzz People’s ongoing commitment to ensuring maximum protection for personal data, we will undertake Privacy Impact Assessments where appropriate. Privacy Impact Assessments will help Buzz People consider the processing that is being undertaken, the risk to data subjects and most importantly the measures that need to be taken to minimise the risks. Privacy Impact Assessments will be overseen by Data Protection Officer at Halfpenny House, 2 East Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0BN and will be reviewed on a 3- yearly cycle, unless it is deemed that a more frequent review is necessary.
Disclosure and Barring Service checks (DBS)
There are some roles within Buzz People for which it is necessary to obtain a Standard/Enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service, which will include a Barred List check.
Buzz People will seek your permission prior to undertaking a DBS check and understands that this data is sensitive data and therefore all information of this nature will be kept strictly confidential. Disclosures and other confidential documents will be kept in a secure location and access will only be available to authorised individuals.
We will not retain the disclosure for longer than necessary. In general, this will be for a maximum of 6 months to allow for the consideration and resolution of any disputes or complaints. In normal circumstances, after a period of 6 months the disclosure certificate will be destroyed by suitable, secure means. No photocopy or other image of the disclosure will be retained but we will keep a record of the details of the most recent check, namely; the date of the disclosure, the name of the individual, the type of disclosure, the unique number issued on the certificate and the decision taken. This will be kept on file for the duration of the individual’s employment and for a period thereafter in line with our retention policy.
For more information please refer to the Disclosure and Barring Policy.
Data Protection Officer
Buzz People has appointed a Data Protection Officer, who will support the organisation to manage Data Protection and will work with the Executive Board in this respect. Any queries or concerns can be addressed directly to the Data Protection Officer at Halfpenny House, 2 East Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0BN. 01329 233053 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We are committed to monitoring this policy and will update it as appropriate, on an annual basis or more frequently if necessary.
Any queries or concerns can be addressed directly to Data Protection Officer at Halfpenny House, 2 East Street, Fareham, Hampshire, PO16 0BN. 01329 233053 or email@example.com