Privacy Policy

Last updated on January 03rd, 2020




What is the purpose of this document?

Search Technology Limited is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information. This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during and after your working relationship with us, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). It applies to all employees, workers, contractors and candidates.

Search Technology Limited is a "data controller". This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice.

This notice applies to current and former employees, workers, contractors and candidates. This notice does not form part of any contract of employment or other contract to provide services. We may update this notice at any time.

It is important that you read this notice, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal information about you, so that you are aware of how and why we are using such information.



Data protection principles.

We will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal information we hold about you must be:

1. Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.

2. Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
3. Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes. 4. Accurate and kept up to date.

5. Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.

6. Kept securely.



The kind of information we may hold about you

Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data). There are "special categories" of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection.

Depending on the circumstances, we may collect, store, and use the following categories of personal information about you:

• Personal contact details such as name, title, addresses, telephone numbers, and personal email addresses.
• Date of birth.
• Gender.
• Marital status and dependants.
• Next of kin and emergency contact information.
• National Insurance number.
• Bank account details, payroll records and tax status information.
• Salary, annual leave, pension and benefits information.
• Start date(s) of job roles.
• Location of employment or workplace.
• Copy of identity documents, such as passport, driving licence, utility bills.
• Recruitment information (including copies of right to work documentation, references and other information included in a CV or cover letter or as part of the application process).
• Employment records (including job titles, work history, working hours, training records and professional memberships).
• Salary/payments history.
• Performance information.
• Disciplinary and grievance information.
• CCTV footage and other information obtained through electronic means such as telephone recordings, email usage data, internet usage data and swipecard records.
• Information about your use of our information and communications systems.
• Photographs.
• We may also collect, store and use the following "special categories" of more sensitive personal information:
• Information about your health relevant to your work, including, for example, any medical condition, health and sickness records.
• Information about criminal convictions and offences as part of a recruitment process.


How may your personal information be collected?

We typically collect personal information about employees, workers, contactors and candidates through the application and recruitment process, either directly from candidates or sometimes from another employment agency, employment business or background check provider. We may sometimes collect information from third parties including former employers, credit reference agencies or other background check agencies. We may also collect personal data which is publicly available on websites such as jobs boards, LinkedIn, or similar recruitment-related websites. We may use third-party applications which source their data from publicly-available websites.

We may collect additional personal information in the course of job-related activities throughout the period of you working for us or where you undertake a placement.



How we may use information about you

We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we may use your personal information in the following circumstances:
1. Where we are taking steps at your request prior to entering into a contract.
2. Where we need to perform a contract which we have entered into with you.
3. Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
4. Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. We may also use your personal information in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:
5. Where it is necessary to protect the vital interests of you or another person.
6. Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes.