Protecting the confidentiality and integrity of Personal Data is a critical responsibility that we take seriously at all times. This Data Protection Policy sets out how we handle the Personal Data of our customers, suppliers, employees, workers and other third parties, in line with the General Data Protection Regulations 2018 (GDPR). This Data Protection Policy applies to all Personal Data we process regardless of the media on which that data is stored or whether it relates to past or present employees, workers, customers, clients or supplier contacts, shareholders, website users or any other Data Subject.
This Data Protection Policy applies to all Company Personnel (“you”, “your”). You must read, understand and comply with this Data Protection Policy when Processing Personal Data on our behalf and attend training on its requirements. This Data Protection Policy sets out what we expect from you in order for the Company to comply with applicable law. Your compliance with this Data Protection Policy is mandatory. Any breach of this Data Protection Policy may result in disciplinary action up to and including summary dismissal.
“Company Personnel”: all employees, workers contractors, agency workers, consultants, directors, members and others.
“Criminal records data” means information about an individual’s criminal convictions and offences, and information relating to criminal allegations and proceedings.
“Data Subject” is a living, identified or identifiable individual about whom we hold Personal Data. Data Subjects may be nationals or residents of any country and may have legal rights regarding their Personal Data.
‘’Explicit Consent’’: consent which requires a very clear and specific statement (that is, not just action).
“Personal Data” is any information that relates to a Data Subject who can be identified from that information, whether directly or indirectly.
“Processing” is any activity that involves the use of Personal Data. It includes obtaining, recording or holding the data, or carrying out any operation or set of operations on the data including organising, amending, retrieving, using, disclosing, erasing or destroying it. Processing also includes transmitting or transferring Personal Data to third parties.
“Special categories of personal data” means information about an individual’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, health, sex life or sexual orientation and biometric data.
The Nominated Person is responsible for overseeing this Data Protection Policy and, as applicable, developing any related policies and guidelines. That post is held by Stephen Carter, Finance Director, 020 7563 9222, email@example.com. Please contact the Nominated Person with any questions about the operation of this Data Protection Policy or the GDPR or if you have any concerns that this Data Protection Policy is not being or has not been followed.
We adhere to the principles relating to Processing of Personal Data set out in the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) which require Personal Data to be:
ou may only collect, Process and share Personal Data fairly and lawfully and for specified purposes. The GDPR restricts our actions regarding Personal Data to specified lawful purposes. These restrictions are not intended to prevent Processing but ensure that we Process Personal Data fairly and without adversely affecting the Data Subject.
The GDPR allows Processing for specific purposes, some of which are set out below:
(a) the Data Subject has given his or her Consent;
(b) the Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract with the Data Subject;
(c) to meet our legal compliance obligations;
(d) to protect the Data Subject’s vital interests;
(e) to pursue our legitimate interests for purposes where they are not overridden because the Processing prejudices the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of Data Subjects. The purposes for which we process Personal Data for legitimate interests need to be set out in applicable Privacy Notices.
You must identify and document the legal ground being relied on for each Processing activity.
Please note that the rules relating to consent may not apply to certain processing activities. Please speak to the Nominated Person if you are seeking to rely on consent to collect and use Personal Data in the course of your duties.
A Data Subject consents to Processing of their Personal Data if they indicate agreement clearly either by a statement or positive action to the Processing. Consent requires affirmative action so silence, pre-ticked boxes or inactivity are unlikely to be sufficient. If Consent is given in a document which deals with other matters, then the Consent must be kept separate from those other matters.
Data Subjects must be easily able to withdraw consent to Processing at any time and withdrawal must be promptly honoured. Consent may need to be refreshed if you intend to Process Personal Data for a different and incompatible purpose which was not disclosed when the Data Subject first consented.
Unless we can rely on another legal basis of Processing, Explicit Consent is usually required for Processing Special Categories of Personal Data. Usually we will be relying on another legal basis (and not require Explicit Consent) to Process most types of Special Categories of Personal Data. Where Explicit Consent is required, you must issue a Privacy Notice to the Data Subject to capture Explicit Consent.
Please keep evidence of all consents captured so that the Company can demonstrate compliance with consent requirements.
Informing Data Subjects about what Data we collect and what we use it for (Transparency)
The GDPR requires Data Controllers to provide detailed, specific information to Data Subjects about what Personal Data is being collected, what it is used for and the lawful basis for using it for that purpose. This information is provided in a Privacy Notice.
Whenever we collect Personal Data directly from Data Subjects, including for human resources or employment purposes, we must provide the Data Subject with all the information required by the GDPR including the identity of the Data Controller and the nominated person, how and why we will use, Process, disclose, protect and retain that Personal Data through a privacy notice. The privacy notice must be provided to the Data Subject when the Personal Data is collected.
When Personal Data is collected from a third party, you must check it was collected by the third party in accordance with the GDPR and on the basis that it could be shared with us.
Personal Data must be collected only for a specified purpose.
If the Personal Data is to be used for a different purpose to that for which it was originally collected, the Data Subject must be informed beforehand with an explanation of what our lawful basis is for using it for the different purpose. This will usually mean providing an updated privacy notice. If the lawful basis will be consent, fresh consent will be needed from the Data Subject.
Only collect Personal Data necessary for the purpose it is needed for
You must only collect Personal Data that is required for your job duties. Please ensure that when the Personal Data is no longer needed for the specific purposes of your job, it is deleted in accordance with our Data Retention Policy.
Keep Personal Data accurate, complete, up to date and relevant for the purpose it was collected for
You must check the accuracy of any Personal Data at the point of collection and at regular intervals afterwards. You must take all reasonable steps to destroy or amend inaccurate or out-of-date Personal Data.
Do not keep Personal Data for longer than the purpose it was originally collected
Please refer to our Data Retention Policy which explains how long we should be storing Personal Data for and when it should be deleted. Please ensure you take all reasonable steps to destroy or erase from our systems all Personal Data that we no longer require in accordance with our Data Retention Policy. You will also need to ask third parties who we have shared that Personal Data to delete it.
Data subject access requests
All Data Subjects have the right to make a subject access request. All subject access requests should be immediately sent to the nominated person.
Data Subjects’ Additional rights
Data Subjects also have the following rights in relation to how we handle their personal data:
You must verify the identity of an individual requesting data under any of the rights listed above (do not allow third parties to persuade you into disclosing Personal Data without proper authorisation).
Sharing Personal Data with third Parties
Generally, you should only share Personal Data with third parties if certain safeguards and contractual arrangements have been put in place.
You may only share the Personal Data we hold with another employee, agent or representative of our group which includes our subsidiaries and our ultimate holding company along with its subsidiaries if the recipient has a job-related need to know the information. Please refer to the section on international data transfers if the Personal Data is being transferred out of the UK.
You may only share the Personal Data we hold with third parties, such as our service providers if:
International Data Transfers
The organisation will not transfer HR-related personal data to countries outside the European Economic Area (EEA).
If you have any concerns or questions regarding the processing or use of personal data you should contact your Line Manager, in the first instance who will inform the nominated person as soon as possible. If in any doubt you should cease to process the information.
Personal Data should only be retained for the period necessary, and for the purpose for which it is held. Please see our Data Retention Policy for further information.
The Company takes the security of all personal data seriously and adopts appropriate measures to ensure that all personal data is secure, is protected against unauthorised or unlawful processing, and accidental loss, destruction or damage.
All individuals who may process personal data on behalf of the Company are required to strictly adhere to its policies and procedures from the point of collection to the point of destruction. We will develop, implement and maintain safeguards appropriate to our size, scope and business, our available resources, the amount of Personal Data that we own or maintain on behalf of others and identified risks. We will regularly evaluate and test the effectiveness of those safeguards to ensure security of our Processing of Personal Data.
You are responsible for protecting the Personal Data we hold. You must implement reasonable and appropriate security measures against unlawful or unauthorised Processing of Personal Data and against the accidental loss of, or damage to, Personal Data. You must exercise particular care in protecting Special Categories of Personal Data from loss and unauthorised access, use or disclosure.
You must follow all procedures and technologies we put in place to maintain the security of all Personal Data from the point of collection to the point of destruction.
You may only transfer Personal Data to third-party service providers, such as payroll providers, pension scheme providers, who agree to comply with our instructions concerning the collection and use of Personal Data which will include having adequate security measures in place to protect the Personal Data.
You must maintain data security by protecting the confidentiality, integrity and availability of the Personal Data. This means you must ensure:
You must comply with all applicable aspects of this policy and not attempt to circumvent the administrative, physical and technical safeguards we implement and maintain in accordance with the GDPR and relevant standards to protect Personal Data.
Where the Company uses a third party supplier to process personal data on its behalf, a payroll bureau for example, they do so on the basis of written instructions, are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of data.
Where Processing may result in a high risk to individual’s rights and freedoms, the Company must carry out a DPIA. A DPIA is a tool used to identify and reduce risks of a data processing activity.
Examples of situations which require a DPIA include:
Please contact the Nominated Person if you believe a DPIA is necessary.
A breach of the data protection regulations or failure to adhere to the Company’s policies could have serious repercussions for both the Company and for any individual who is Processing Personal Data on its behalf.
Any breach or suspected breach must immediately be reported to your manager and/or the Appointed Person. Do not attempt to investigate the matter yourself. A data breach is any act or failure to act which results in the loss, unauthorised access, disclosure or acquisition of Personal Data. Examples of data breaches include but are not limited to losing your laptop, USB stick or mobile phone, leaving documents/files on public transport or sending an email containing Personal Data to the wrong recipient.
The Company will keep a record of all data breaches and, if legally required to do so, will report certain data breaches to the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), and in some circumstances, the Data Subjects.
Any breach or failure to report a breach in a timely manner will be investigated and managed in line with the appropriate procedures. Significant or deliberate breaches of this policy, such as accessing and/or sharing employee or customer data without authorisation or without a legitimate reason to do so may constitute gross misconduct and could result in your summary dismissal.
The organisation will provide training to all individuals regarding their responsibilities under the GDPR as part of their induction process, and refresh regularly thereafter.
Individuals whose roles require access to and/or processing of personal data will receive additional training to ensure a thorough understanding of this policy and associated documents.
You must regularly review all the systems and processes under your control to ensure they comply with this Data Protection Policy and check that adequate governance controls and resources are in place to ensure proper use and protection of Personal Data.
The GDPR requires us to keep full and accurate records of all our data Processing activities.
You must keep and maintain accurate corporate records reflecting our Processing including records of Data Subjects’ Consents and procedures for obtaining Consents.
These records should include, at a minimum, the name and contact details of the Data Controller and the DPO/Nominated Person, clear descriptions of the Personal Data types, Data Subject types, Processing activities, Processing purposes, third-party recipients of the Personal Data, Personal Data storage locations, Personal Data transfers, the Personal Data’s retention period and a description of the security measures in place. In order to create such records, data maps should be created which should include the detail set out above
We reserve the right to change this Data Protection Policy at any time without notice to you.
This Data Protection Policy does not override any applicable national data privacy laws and regulations in countries where the Company operates.