Ripjar is aware of its obligations under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)/Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and is committed to processing your data securely and transparently. This privacy notice sets out, in line with GDPR/DPA, the types of data that we collect and hold on you as a job applicant. It also sets out how we use that information, how long we keep it for and other relevant information about your data.
Ripjar is a data controller, meaning that it determines the processes to be used when using your personal details. Our contact details are as follows: Ripjar Ltd, Suite 404 Eagle Tower, Montpellier Drive, Cheltenham, GL50 1TA, telephone 01242 312052.
In relation to your personal data, we will:
We hold many types of data about you, which may include:
We collect data about you in a variety of ways including the information you would normally include in a CV or a job application cover letter, or notes made by our recruiting officers during a recruitment interview. If you are offered a contract of employment, then further information will be collected directly from you when you complete forms at the start of your employment, for example, your bank and next of kin details. Official documentation such as your driving licence, passport or other right to work evidence will also be collected. In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies, former employers when gathering references, or credit reference agencies.
Personal data is kept in personnel files or within Ripjar’s HR and IT systems.
The law on data protection allows us to process your data for certain reasons only:
All of the processing carried out by us falls into one of the permitted reasons. Generally, we will rely on the first three reasons set out above to process your data.
We need to collect your data to ensure we are complying with legal requirements such as:
We also collect data so that we can carry out activities which are in the legitimate interests of the Company. We have set these out below:
If you are unsuccessful in obtaining employment, your data will not be used for any reason other than in the ways explained in relation to the specific application you have made. If appropriate, we may seek your consent to retaining your data in case other suitable job vacancies arise in the Company for which we think you may wish to apply. You are free to withhold your consent to this and there will be no consequences for withholding consent.
Special categories of data are data relating to your:
We must process special categories of data in accordance with more stringent guidelines. Most commonly, we will process special categories of data when the following applies:
We will use your special category data:
We do not 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. However, we may ask for your consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If this occurs, you will be made fully aware of the reasons for the processing. As with all cases of seeking consent from you, 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. There will be no consequences where consent is withdrawn.
We will only collect criminal conviction data where it is appropriate given the nature of your role and where the law permits us. This data will usually be collected at the recruitment stage, however, may also be collected during your employment should you be successful in obtaining employment. We use criminal conviction data in the following ways:
One of the reasons for processing your data is to allow us to carry out an effective recruitment process. Whilst you are under no obligation to provide us with your data, we may not able to process, or continue with (as appropriate), your application.
Your data will be shared with colleagues within the Company where it is necessary for them to undertake their duties with regard to recruitment. This includes, for example, the HR department, those in the department where the vacancy is who are responsible for screening your application and interviewing you, the IT department where you require access to our systems to undertake any assessments requiring IT equipment.
In some cases, we will collect data about you from third parties, such as employment agencies.
If you are successful in your job application, your data will be shared with third parties. In these circumstances, we will share your data in order to obtain references, carry out criminal records checks, and undertake candidate vetting as part of the employment process.
We do not share your data with bodies outside of the European Economic Area.
We are aware of the requirement to ensure your data is protected against accidental loss or disclosure, destruction and abuse. We have implemented processes to guard against such. Further details are available in Ripjar’s data transfer policy.
Where we share your data with third parties, we provide written instructions to them to ensure that your data are held securely and in line with GDPR/DPA requirements. Third parties must implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of your data.
In line with data protection principles, we only keep your data for as long as we need it for and this will depend on whether or not you are successful in obtaining employment with us.
If we have sought your consent to keep your data on file for future job vacancies, and you have provided consent, we will keep your data for up to twelve months from the point of application. At the end of this period, we will delete or destroy your data, unless you have already withdrawn your consent to our processing of your data in which case it will be deleted or destroyed upon your withdrawal of consent.
If your application is successful, your data will be kept and transferred to the systems we administer for employees. We have a separate privacy notice for employees, which will be provided to you.
No decision will be made about you solely on the basis of automated decision making (where a decision is taken about you using an electronic system without human involvement) which has a significant impact on you.
The law on data protection gives you certain rights in relation to the data we hold on you. These are:
Where you have provided consent to our use of your data, you also have the unrestricted right to withdraw that consent at any time. Withdrawing your consent means that we will stop processing the data that you had previously given us consent to use. There will be no consequences for withdrawing your consent. However, in some cases, we may continue to use the data where so permitted by having a legitimate reason for doing so.
If you wish to exercise any of the rights explained above, please contact the Office Manager, Cheltenham.
The supervisory authority in the UK for data protection matters is the Information Commissioner (ICO). If you think your data protection rights have been breached in any way by us, you are able to make a complaint to the ICO.
The HR department is the owner of this document and is responsible for making any changes and for reviewing the document.
A current version of this document is available to all employees in the document section of the HR portal – PeopleHR.
This document is issued on a version-controlled basis.
Description of Change
Update DPA 2018 & retention