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Privacy Policy

Job applicant privacy notice (compliant with the GDPR)

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

What information do LinuxRecruit collect?

LinuxRecruit collects a range of information about you. This includes everything in your application and CV including 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 business needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process; and
  • information about your entitlement to work in the UK.

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

LinuxRecruit may also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers, information from employment background check providers and information from criminal records checks. As a business we will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will seek your permission before doing so.

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

Why do we process personal data?

LinuxRecruit 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, LinuxRecruit 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.

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

LinuxRecruit may process special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation or religion or belief, to monitor recruitment statistics. It may also collect information about whether or not applicants are disabled to make reasonable adjustments for candidates who have a disability. LinuxRecruit processes such information to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.

For some roles, LinuxRecruit is obliged to seek information about criminal convictions and offences. Where LinuxRecruit seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for it to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
LinuxRecruit will not use your data for any purpose other than the recruitment exercise for which you have applied.


If your application is unsuccessful, LinuxRecruit may keep your personal data on file in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. The business will ask for your consent before it keeps your data for this purpose and you are free to withdraw your consent at any time.

Who has access to data?

Your information may be shared internally for the purposes of the recruitment exercise. This includes; members of the HR and recruitment team, 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 performance of their roles.

LinuxRecruit will not share your data with third parties, unless your application for employment is successful and it makes you an offer of employment. LinuxRecruit will then share your data with; former employers to obtain references for you, employment background check providers to obtain necessary background checks and the Disclosure and Barring Service to obtain necessary criminal records checks.
LinuxRecruit will not transfer your data outside the European Economic Area.

How does the organisation protect data?

LinuxRecruit 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. [Provide more detail of internal policies and controls, eg systems restrictions.]

For how long does the business keep data?

If your application for employment is unsuccessful, LinuxRecruit will hold your data on file for 18 months after the end of the relevant recruitment process. If you agree to allow the business to keep your personal data on file, LinuxRecruit will hold your data on file for a further 18 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 a new privacy notice.

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 business to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require the business 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 business is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing.

[If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact Tony Chapman –

If you believe that the business has not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner.


What if you do not provide personal data?

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

Automated decision-making

Recruitment processes are not based solely on automated decision-making.
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