Data Protection

We are no different to any other recruitment company when it comes to Data Protection; we store and use personal data on current candidates, past candidates, employees (past and present) and clients interested in our services. It is a necessary practice for Ascent People to process personal data in the normal and proper conduct of business operations.

All data is held either electronically or on paper and we are committed to complying with the Data Protection Act of 1998 under which Ascent People is registered as a Data Controller.

Key commitments of this Act require us to adhere to certain principles and all data is:

  • Fairly and lawfully processed
  • Processed for limited purposes
  • Adequate, relevant and not excessive
  • Accurate
  • Not kept longer than necessary
  • Processed in accordance with the data subject’s rights
  • Kept securely
  • Not transferred to countries outside the European Economic Area without adequate protection.

Personal data means all data relating to individuals and information which is either in, or comes into, the possession of Ascent People. We review our data on a regular basis, ensuring it is both accurate and relevant and take great care and responsibility when doing so.

By instructing us to find work for you and/or providing us with your CV you are giving your consent to process this data responsibly and in the course of finding work for you. We will not use this data for any other purpose unless you provide us with explicit permission to do so.

We will not release or pass on any ‘sensitive personal data’, without your written consent, regarding; any offence committed or alleged to be committed; proceedings in relation to any offence and any sentence passed; physical or mental health or condition; racial or ethnic origins; sexual life; political opinions; religious beliefs or beliefs of a similar nature; or whether someone is a member of a trade union.

Any individual, whose personal data is held by Ascent People, is entitled to obtain access to their data on request (a handling fee and proof of identity will be required). Requests to access their data should be directed to ‘The Data Protection Co-ordinator, Ascent People, Crossford Court, Dane Road, Sale, Manchester, M33 7BZ’. (Please note however we are allowed to refuse requests where releasing information would prejudice the privacy rights of a third party.)

From a security point of view we monitor all employees to make them aware of their responsibility in ensuring adequate security measures are maintained in respect of personal data. Access to your data is restricted only to those personnel to whom it is necessary for proper purposes.

As a rule all staff at Ascent People have a responsibility to do this, as such we ensure staff; do not leave their computers left on to enable unauthorised access to personal data; leave computer screens open; disclose passwords; handle all email with care; and store any files containing personal data securely and safely. This also includes a responsible attitude when it comes time to destroying this data.

If you need any more information about any aspect of data protection please contact us on 0161 905 1632.