Data Controller: Associated Independent Stores (AIS), Cranmore Park, Cranmore Avenue, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4LF

As part of any recruitment process, the company collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. The company is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations.

What information does the company collect?

The company 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 the company 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.

The company may collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application letters, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews or other forms of assessment including tests.

The company may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employer’s information. The company will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that it is doing so.

Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on your application record, in both a paper and electronic file, HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).

Why does the company process personal data?

The company 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, the company 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.

The company 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 the company to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. The company may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.

The company 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 the company processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief, this is for equal opportunities monitoring purposes.

If your application is unsuccessful, the company may keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. The company will ask for your consent before it keeps your data for this purpose and you are free to withdraw your consent at any time. Please see details below with regards to retention periods.

Who has access to data?

Your information may be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes members of the Personnel & Training department, 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 undertaking of their roles.

The company will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. The company will then share your data with former employers to obtain references for you or verify qualifications required for the role. At the point of appointment the AIS Privacy Notice for Employees will apply.

The company will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.

How does the company protect data?

The company 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 the company keep data?

If your application for employment is unsuccessful, the company will hold your data on file for 13 months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. With speculative applications, if you agree to allow the company to keep your personal data on file, the company will hold your data on file for 13 months 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 be held will be provided to you in the Privacy Notice for Employees.

CCTV

We operate CCTV and other surveillance camera devices. Images are monitored and recorded for the purpose of prevention and public safety. The CCTV system and the images produced by it are controlled by the relevant employees of AIS who are responsible for how the system is used and for notifying the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) about the CCTV system and its purpose.

AIS is committed to ensuring that the CCTV system is operated in line with the ICO’s CCTV code of practice to ensure compliance with our legal obligations under current data protection legislation. The current retention period for CCTV footage is 30 days.

Your rights

As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:

  • access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
  • require the company to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require the company 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 the company is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact dataprotection@aistores.co.uk.

If you believe that the company has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner (ICO). For further information visit ico.org.uk.

What if you do not provide personal data?

You are under no statutory or contractual obligation to provide data to the company during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, the company may not be able to process your application properly or at all.

Automated decision-making

Recruitment processes are not based on automated decision-making.

Changes to this privacy notice

The Company reserves the right to update or amend this privacy notice at any time, including where the Company intends to further process your personal information for a purpose other than that for which the personal information was collected or where we intend to process new types of personal information. We will issue you with a new privacy notice when we make significant updates or amendments. We may also notify you about the processing of your personal information in other ways.

Contact

If you have any questions about this privacy notice or how we handle your personal information, please email dataprotection@aistores.co.uk.