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Privacy in recruitment – Securing your candidate’s data

Hot off the heels of the EU-GDPR legislation, data privacy is top on every company’s mind. The new legislation has far reaching effects in many aspects of today’s business environment, including recruitment. Recruiters deal with a huge amount of personal data on a daily basis, which should be handled confidentially. This blog post will look into the importance of privacy in recruitment, and the role Cammio can fulfil in building a secure environment.

Privacy in recruitment

Recruiters collect a vast amount of data on each candidate. Nationality, email address, phone number, age, ethnicity, work experience, photos and much more. All this data does not belong to the recruiter, and you can imagine candidates would be not one bit happy if their information is being misused. A recruiter potentially has the power to supply third parties with a candidate’s email address, age and nationality; which the third party can then use to send targeted, unsolicited messages.

Privacy in recruitment is massively important to ensure trust with candidates, not to mention being ethically responsible as a company. Imagine a candidate who sent private information to apply for a job, who would not have given this data to the third parties for the reasons they have now obtained it. Abuse of your data leads to mistrust of the recruiting company, and a poor reputation.

GDPR – what changed?

Since 25 May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) legislation is in effect and effects any person or company who processes personal data of EU citizens. This means that non-EU companies also have to adhere to these rules. Not adhering to these rules, can lead to hefty fines.

One of the key features of the new law is the principle of privacy by design. This entails that people’s privacy should be kept in mind at all stages of the development of a product or service. For example, when you are selling shoes you would not ask a consumer for their marital status, as this data is by no means relevant to the sale of the shoe.

Another major change in privacy regulations is that consent is now mandatory. In other words, if you want to process personal data you now need to receive explicit consent. Consent must be given by clear, transparent communication, and it should be just as easy to opt-out as it is to opt-in. This last part is especially important for recruiters: when candidates opt-out, all their data needs to be removed.

Lastly, anyone processing information now has to provide data transparency and portability. At any time, candidates can ask how and where their data is processed, and they can request an electronic copy of their data.

How can Cammio help?

As we’ve discussed, privacy in recruitment is undeniably important for candidates and recruiters. With GDPR in effect, European citizens are protected by law to have their data processed confidentially. What can Cammio do to help your business stay on top of their privacy game?

At Cammio, we care about first class security. So much so, that data is protected by multiple layers of security meeting the latest international standards, including ISO 27001, SOC1, SOC2 and SOC3. The platform was built with the principle of privacy by design in mind.

One issue that arises when having (video) applications sent in to a recruitment department, is that when this data gets shared it is difficult to keep track of who has a copy. Imagine, one recruiter sends the video to their manager and the department manager, who shares it with their supervisors. The video can spread throughout the organisation (and beyond), which is not in line with data transparency and does not allow the candidate to request their data to be deleted. Enter the Cammio platform, where all information is stored in one place and others can be invited to view, not store, the application.

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