ABR Partners Limited and its Group companies are committed to protecting and respecting your privacy.
In this notice, ‘we’ and ‘us’ refer to ABR Partners Limited and its Group companies.
Our Group companies means our subsidiaries, our ultimate holding company and its subsidiaries, our associated companies as defined in section 1159 of the UK Companies Act 2006 (our Group); and includes Alexander Ash Limited, and Consulting Professionals Limited.
This notice sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.
The General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (EU GDPR), adopted in May 2016, replaced the Data Protection Directive (95/46/EC) and became directly applicable in all member states without the need for transposition on and from 25 May 2018. The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020.
From 1 January 2021 (after the end of the UK-EU transition period (transition period)), the data protection legislation in the UK comprises the retained EU law version of the General Data Protection Regulation ((EU) 2016/679) (UK GDPR), along with the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA 2018). The UK-GDPR and DPA 2018 enhance privacy rights for individuals and provide a strict framework within which commercial organisations can legally operate.Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.
For the purposes of data protection legislation in force from time to time the data controller is ABR Partners Limited of Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH, UK.
Our nominated Data Protection Officer is Amy Ambrose.
Who we are and what we do
Our Group companies include:
Alexander Ash Limited, a recruitment agency and recruitment business as defined in the Employment Agencies & Employment Businesses Regulations 2003 (our business).
Consulting Professionals Limited, providing consultancy services.
We collect the personal data of the following types of people to allow us to undertake our business:
We collect information about you to carry out our core business and ancillary activities.
Information you give to us or we collect about you
This is information about you that you give us by filling in forms on the site of one of our Group companies (such as alexanderash.com and consultingprofessionals.co.uk) (our site) or by corresponding with us by phone, e-mail, LinkedIn or otherwise. It includes information you provide when you register to use our site, to enter our database, subscribe to our services, attend our events, participate in discussion boards or other social media functions on our site, enter a competition, promotion or survey and when you report a problem with our site.
The information you give us or we collect about you may include your name, address, private and corporate email address and phone number, financial information, compliance documentation and references verifying your qualifications and experience and your right to work in the United Kingdom, curriculum vitae and photograph, links to your professional profiles available in the public domain e.g. LinkedIn, Twitter, business Facebook, job boards or corporate website.
Information we collect about you when you visit one of our websites
With regard to each of your visits to our site we will automatically collect the following information:
Technical information, including the Internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer to the Internet, your login information if applicable, browser type and version, browser plug-in types and versions, operating system and platform;
Information about your visit, including the full uniform resource locators (URL), clickstream to, through and from our site (including date and time), products you viewed or searched for, page response times, download errors, length of visits to certain pages, page interaction information (such as scrolling, clicks and mouse-overs), methods used to browse away from the page and any phone number used to call our customer service number (mainline or switchboard).
Information we obtain from other sources
This is information we obtain about you from other sources such as LinkedIn, corporate websites, job board websites, online CV libraries, your business card, personal recommendations and others. In this case we will inform you, by sending you this privacy notice, within a maximum of 30 days of collecting the data, of the fact we hold personal data about you, the source the personal data originates from and whether it came from publicly accessible sources and for what purpose we intend to retain and process your personal data.
We are working closely with third parties including companies within our Group, business partners, sub-contractors in technical, professional, payment and other services, advertising networks, analytics providers, search information providers, credit reference agencies, professional advisors and other agencies, consultancies and end-clients.
We may receive information about you from them for the purposes of our recruitment services and ancillary support services.
Purposes of the processing and the legal basis for the processing
We use information held about you in the following ways:
The core service we offer to our candidates and clients is the introduction of candidates to our clients for the purpose of temporary or permanent engagement, or in connection with the provision of consultancy services to our clients.
However, our service expands to supporting individuals throughout their career and to supporting businesses’ resourcing needs and strategies.
Information held about you will be shared between Group companies for these purposes. Where it is so shared, this notice will apply to the processing information held about you by the Group company with which it is shared, and so you should not expect a separate privacy notice to be given by that Group company.
Our legal basis for the processing of personal data is our legitimate business interests, described in more detail below, although we will also rely on contract, legal obligation and consent for specific uses of data.
We will rely on contract if we are negotiating or have entered into a placement agreement with you or your organisation or any other contract to provide services to you or receive services from you or your organisation.
We will rely on legal obligation if we are legally required to hold information on to you to fulfil our legal obligations.
We will in some circumstances rely on consent for particular uses of your data and you will be asked for your express consent, if legally required. Examples of when consent may be the lawful basis for processing include permission to introduce you to a client (if you are a candidate).
Our legitimate business interests
Our legitimate interests in collecting and retaining your personal data is described below:
As a recruitment business and recruitment agency we introduce candidates to clients for permanent employment, temporary worker placements or independent professional contracts, or in order to provide consultancy services to our clients. The exchange of personal data of our candidates and our client contacts is a fundamental, essential part of this process.
In order to support our candidates’ career aspirations, and our and our clients’ resourcing needs we require a database of candidate and client personal data containing historical information as well as current resourcing requirements.
To maintain, expand and develop our businesses we need to record the personal data of prospective candidates and client contacts.
To deliver our ancillary services we need to hold placement data on our CRM. We provide employment references for all placed candidates and this information can be requested up to 10 years post initial start date.
Should we want or need to rely on consent to lawfully process your data we will request your consent orally, by email or by an online process for the specific activity we require consent for and record your response on our system. Where consent is the lawful basis for our processing you have the right to withdraw your consent to this particular processing at any time.
Other uses we will make of your data
We will use this information:
We do not undertake automated decision making or profiling. We do use our computer systems to search and identify personal data in accordance with parameters set by a person. A person will always be involved in the decision making process.
Disclosure of your information inside and outside of the EEA
We will share your personal information with:
Any member of our Group both in the EEA and outside of the EEA.
Selected third parties including:
We will disclose your personal information to third parties:
The lawful basis for the third-party processing will include:
Where we store and process your personal data
The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area (‘EEA’). It may be transferred to third parties outside of the EEA for the purpose of our recruitment services. It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. This includes staff engaged in, among other things, our recruitment services and the provision of support services. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy notice.
All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Any payment transactions will be encrypted using SSL technology. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.
Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site; any transmission is at your own risk. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.
Retention of your data
We understand our legal duty to retain accurate data and only retain personal data for as long as we need it for our legitimate business interests and that you are happy for us to do so. Accordingly, we have a data retention notice and run data routines to remove data that we no longer have a legitimate business interest in maintaining. We have a contractual obligation to hold data for all candidates we have ever placed
We do the following to try to ensure our data is accurate:
We segregate our data so that we keep different types of data for different time periods. The criteria we use to determine whether we should retain your personal data includes:
We may archive part or all of your personal data or retain it on our financial systems only, deleting all or part of it from our main customer relationship manager (CRM) system. We may pseudonymise parts of your data, particularly following a request for suppression or deletion of your data, to ensure that we do not re-enter your personal data onto our database, unless requested to do so.
For your information, pseudonymised data is created by taking identifying fields within a database and replacing them with artificial identifiers or pseudonyms.
Our current retention notice is available upon request.
You have the right to ask us not to process your personal data for marketing purposes. We will usually inform you (before collecting your data) if we intend to use your data for such purposes or if we intend to disclose your information to any third party for such purposes and we will collect express consent from you if legally required prior to using your personal data for marketing purposes.
You can exercise your right to accept or prevent such processing by checking certain boxes on the forms we use to collect your data. You can also exercise the right at any time by contacting us at DPO@alexanderash.com
Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.
The GDPR provides you with the following rights. To:
Access to information
The Data Protection Act 1998 and the GDPR give you the right to access information held about you. We also encourage you to contact us to ensure your data is accurate and complete. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act (and the GDPR once it is in force). Prior to 25 May 2018 any access request under the Data Protection Act will be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you. A subject access request should be submitted to DPO@alexanderash.com
No fee will apply once the GDPR comes into force.
Changes to our privacy notice
Any changes we make to our privacy notice in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail. Please check back frequently to see any updates or changes to our privacy notice.
Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy notice are welcomed and should be addressed to Amy Ambrose on DPO@alexanderash.com or by post: ABR Partners Limited, Business Design Centre, 52 Upper Street, Islington, London N1 0QH, UK.