As a recruitment company, the Rethink Group Limited and its subsidiary companies (together “Rethink Group”) are committed to being transparent about how they collect and use personal data to meet its data protection obligations. This policy sets out Rethink Group’s commitment to General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR), and individual rights and obligations in relation to personal data.
This policy applies to:
Rethink Group has appointed a Data Protection Officer. The role is to inform and advise the company on its data protection obligations and can be contacted at email@example.com. Questions about this policy, or requests for further information, should be directed to the Data Protection Officer.
All organisations that process personal data are required to comply with the data protection legislation. This includes the General Data Protection Regulations and subsequent Data Protection Laws. The Data Protection Laws provide individuals (known as “data subjects”) with certain rights over their personal data, whilst imposing certain obligations on the organisations that process their data.
As a recruitment organisation, Rethink Group collects and processes both personal data and sensitive personal data. It is required to do so to comply with other legislation. It is also required to keep this data for varying periods depending on the nature of the data and any relevant governing legislation.
Rethink Group provides training to all of its employees regarding their data protection responsibilities as part of their employee induction process and on an annual basis thereafter.
Individual employees whose roles require regular access to personal data, or who are responsible for implementing this policy or responding to subject access requests under this policy, will receive additional training to help them understand their duties and how to comply with them.
In this policy the following terms have the following meanings:
Rethink Group means The Rethink Group and its subsidiary companies.
Consent means any freely given, specific, informed and unambiguous indication of an individual’s wishes by which he or she, by a statement or by a clear affirmative action, signifies agreement to the processing of personal data relating to him or her.
Data Controller means an individual or organisation which, alone or jointly with others, determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.
Data Processor means an individual or organisation which processes personal data on behalf of the data controller.
Personal Data means any information to an individual who can be identified, such as by a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.
Personal Data Breach means a breach of security leading to the accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data.
Processing means any operation or set of operations performed on personal data such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring, storage (including archiving) adaptation or alteration, retrieval, consultation, use, disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available, alignment or combination, restriction, erasure or destruction.
Profiling means any form of automated processing of personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to an individual, in particular to analyse or predict aspects concerning that natural person’s performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interest, reliability, behaviour, location or movements.
Pseudonymisation means the processing of personal data in such a manner that the personal data can no longer be attributed to an individual without the use of additional information, provided that such additional information is kept separately and is subject to technical and organisational measures to ensure that the personal data is not attributed to an identified or identifiable individual.
Sensitive personal data means personal data revealing racial of ethnical origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health, an individual’s sex life or sexual orientation and an individual’s criminal convictions.
Supervisory authority means an independent public authority which is responsible for monitoring the application of data protection. In the UK the supervisory authority is the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
Rethink Group processes personal data in relation to its own employees, work-seekers, delegates and individual client contacts and is a data controller for the purposes of the Data Protection Laws. Rethink Group has registered with the ICO and its registration number is Z9505852.
Rethink Group may hold personal data on individuals for the following purposes:
1 – Data protection principles
The Data Protection Laws require Rethink Group, acting as either data controller or data processor, to process data in accordance with the principles of data protection. These require that personal data is:
2 – Legal bases for processing
Rethink Group will only process personal data if it has a lawful reason for doing so, such as:
Rethink Group will review the personal data it holds on a regular basis to ensure it is being lawfully processed and it is accurate, relevant and up to date and the DPO team shall be responsible for doing this.
Before transferring personal data to any third party (such as past, current or prospective employers, suppliers, customers and clients, intermediaries such as Umbrella Companies, persons making an enquiry or complaint or any other third party, such as software solutions providers and back office support), Rethink Group will establish that is has a legal reason for making the transfer.
Where Rethink Group processes special categories of personal data or criminal records data to perform its contractual obligations or to exercise rights in employment law, this is done in accordance with GDPR.
Personal data gathered during the employment, delegate or volunteer relationship, apprenticeship or internship is held in the individual’s personnel file in electronic format and/or on the company’s secure HR systems. The maximum period that Rethink Group holds HR-related personal data is contained in its privacy notices provided to the respective individuals.
Personal data gathered from work-seekers and client contacts is held in electronic format within a secure CRM system. The maximum period that Rethink Group holds work-seeker and client contact personal data is detailed in its privacy notice provided to the respective individuals.
3 – Privacy by design and by default
Rethink Group has implemented measures and procedures that adequately protect the privacy of individuals and ensures that data protection is integral to all processing activities. This includes implementing measures such as:
Rethink Group shall provide any information relevant to the data processing of an individual in a concise, transparent, intelligible and easily accessible form, using clear and plain language. The information shall be provided in writing, or by other means, including, where appropriate, by electronic means. Rethink Group may provide this information orally if required to do so by the individual.
Where Rethink Group collects personal data from an individual, the Company will provide the individual with a privacy notice at the time when it first obtains the personal data.
Where Rethink Group collects personal data other than from the individual directly, it will where required provide the individual with a privacy notice within a reasonable period after obtaining the personal data, but at the latest within one month. If Rethink Group intends to disclose the personal data to a third party then that privacy notice will be issued when the personal data is first disclosed (if not issued sooner).
Where Rethink Group intends to further process the personal data for a purpose other than that for which the data was initially collected, Rethink Group will provide the individual with information on that other purpose and any relevant further information before it does the further processing.
Subject Access Requests
An individual is entitled to access their personal data on request from the data controller.
If an individual makes a subject access request, Rethink Group will tell them:
Rethink Group will also provide the individual with a copy of the personal data undergoing processing. This will normally be in electronic form if the individual has made a request electronically unless he/she agrees otherwise.
If the individual requests additional copies of the data, Rethink Group will charge a fee, which will be based on the administrative cost to Rethink Group for providing such copies.
To make a subject access request, the individual should send the request to firstname.lastname@example.org. In some cases, Rethink Group may need to ask for proof of identification before the request can be processed. Rethink Group will inform the individual if it needs to verify their identity and the identification documents it requires.
Rethink Group will normally respond to a request within a period of one month from the date it is received. In some cases, such as where Rethink Group processes large amounts of the individual’s personal data, it may respond within three months of the date the request is received. Rethink Group will write to the individual within one month of receiving the original request to tell him/her of the expected time frames.
If a subject access request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, Rethink Group is not obliged to comply with it. Alternatively, Rethink Group can agree to respond but will charge a fee, which will be based on the administrative cost of responding to the request. A subject access request is likely to be manifestly unfounded or excessive where it repeats a request to which Rethink Group has already responded. If an individual submits a request that is unfounded or excessive, Rethink Group will notify him/her that this is the case and whether or not it will respond to it.
The individual or another data controller at the individual’s request, has the right to ask Rethink Group to rectify any inaccurate or incomplete personal data concerning an individual.
If Rethink Group has given the personal data to any third parties it will tell those third parties that it has received a request to rectify the personal data unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. Those third parties should also rectify the personal data they hold – however Rethink Group will not be in a position to audit those third parties to ensure that the rectification has occurred.
Should an individual or data controller wish to have their data rectified they should submit their request to email@example.com
The individual or another data controller at the individual’s request, has the right to ask Rethink Group to erase an individual’s personal data.
If Rethink Group receives a request to erase it will ask the individual if he/she wants their personal data to be removed entirely or whether he/she is happy for his or her details to be kept on a list of individuals who do not want to be contacted in the future (for a specified period or otherwise). Rethink Group cannot keep a record of individuals whose data has been erased so the individual may be contacted again by Rethink Group should we come into possession of the individuals personal data at a later date.
If Rethink Group has made the data public, it shall take reasonable steps to inform other data controllers and data processors processing the personal data, taking into account available technology and the cost of implementation.
If Rethink Group has given the personal data to any third parties it will tell those third parties that it is has received a request to erase the personal data, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. Those third parties should also rectify the personal data they hold – however the company not be in a position to audit those third parties to ensure that the rectification has occurred.
Restriction of processing
The individual or a data controller at the individual’s request, has the right to ask Rethink Group to restrict its processing of an individual’s personal data where:
If Rethink Group has given the personal data to any third parties it will tell those third parties that it has received a request to restrict the personal data, unless this proves impossible or involves disproportionate effort. Those third parties should also rectify the personal data they hold – however Rethink Group will not be in a position to audit those third parties to ensure that the rectification has occurred.
The individual shall have the right to receive personal data concerning him/her, which he or she has provided to Rethink Group, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit that data to another data controller in circumstances where:
Where feasible, Rethink Group will send the personal data to the named third party at the individual’s request.
Object to processing
The Individual has the right to object to their personal data being processed based on a public interest or a legitimate interest. The individual will also be able to object to the profiling of their data base on a public interest or a legitimate interest.
The individual has the right to object to their personal data being used for direct marketing. Please refer to Rethink Group’s Marketing Policy for further information.
Rethink Group shall cease processing unless it has compelling legitimate grounds to process the personal data which override the individual’s interests, rights and freedoms or for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims.
Details of the types of personal data that Rethink Group can have a compelling legitimate ground to process are within our retention policy (see table below)
Enforcement of rights
All requests regarding individual rights should be sent to the Data Protection Officer.
Rethink Group shall act upon any subject access request, or any request relating to rectification, erasure, restriction, data portability or objection or automated decision making processes or profiling within one month of receipt of the request. Rethink Group may extend this period for two to three further months where necessary, taking into account the complexity and number of requests.
Where Rethink Group considers that a request under this section is manifestly unfounded or excessive due to the request’s repetitive nature then Rethink Group may either refuse to act on the request or may charge a reasonable fee taking into account the administrative costs involved.
Automated decision making
Rethink Group will not subject individuals to decisions based on automated processing that produce a legal effect or a similarly significant effect on the individual, except where the automated decision:
Reporting personal data breaches
All data breaches should be referred to the Data Protection Officer whose details are listed below.
1 – Personal data breaches where the Company is the data controller:
When Rethink Group establishes that a personal data breach has taken place, Rethink Group will take steps to contain and recover the breach. Where a personal data breach is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of any individual then Rethink Group will notify the ICO.
Where the personal data breach happens outside the UK, Rethink Group shall alert the relevant supervisory authority for data breaches in the effected jurisdiction.
2 – Personal data breaches where Rethink Group is the data processer:
Rethink Group will alert the relevant data controller as to the personal data breach as soon as they are aware of the breach.
3 – Communicating personal data breaches to individuals:
Where Rethink Group has identified a personal data breach resulting in a high risk to the rights and freedoms of any individual, Rethink Group shall tell all affected individuals without undue delay.
Rethink Group will not be required to tell individuals about the personal data breach where:
All individuals have the following rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA) and in dealing with personal data these should be respected at all times:
Data Protection Officer – firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a complaint or suggestion about Rethink Group’s handling of personal data then please contact the appointed DPO. Alternatively you can contact the ICO directly on 0303 123 1113 or at https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/