Safestore Privacy notice for job applicants

What information do we collect?

As part of our recruitment process, Safestore collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that data and to meeting our data protection obligations.
Safestore collects and processes a range of information about you. This includes:

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number;
  • your national insurance number;
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history;
  • information about your current level of remuneration, including benefit entitlements;
  • whether you have a disability for which the organisation needs to make reasonable adjustments during the recruitment process;
  • information about your entitlement to work in the UK; and
  • equal opportunities monitoring information, including information about your ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health, and religion or belief.
Safestore collects this information in a variety of ways. For example, data might be contained in application forms, emails, CVs or resumes, obtained from your passport or other identity documents, or collected through interviews and/or by any other method, including any forms of assessment or online tests.
Safestore will 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. We will seek information from third parties only once a job offer to you has been made and will inform you that we are doing so.
Data will be stored in a range of different places, including on paper-based recruitment documentation, on your online application record, in HR management systems and on other IT systems (including email).

Why do Safestore process personal data?

Safestore needs to process data to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with you. It also needs to process your data to enter into a contract with you.
In some cases, we need to process data to ensure that we are complying with our legal obligations. For example, it is required to check a successful applicant's eligibility to work in the UK before employment starts.
Safestore 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 us to manage the recruitment process, assess and confirm a candidate's suitability for employment and decide to whom to offer a job. We may also need to process data from job applicants to respond to and defend against legal claims.
Where Safestore relies on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, it has considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and has concluded that they are not.
Safestore processes health information if it needs to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process for candidates who have a disability. This is to carry out its obligations and exercise specific rights in relation to employment.
Where Safestore processes other special categories of data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health, religion or belief, age, gender or marital status, this is done for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring with the explicit consent of job applicants, which can be withdrawn at any time by contacting
For some roles, Safestore seeks information about criminal convictions and offences. Where the organisation seeks this information, it does so because it is necessary for the purposes of preventing or detecting unlawful acts.
If your application is unsuccessful, the organisation will keep your personal data on file for 12 months in case there are future employment opportunities for which you may be suited. At the end of that period, your data is deleted or destroyed. If you don’t want your data on file, you can opt out by emailing us or manage your own data through our careers website.

Who has access to data?

Your information will 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.
Safestore may transfer your data to external third-party providers performing certain services for us, such as our applicant tracking system (ATS) provider. Such third-party providers have access to your data solely for the purposes of performing the services specified in the applicable service contract, and Safestore requires the providers to undertake security measures consistent with the protections specified in this notice. Safestore will not share your data with any other third parties, unless legally required to do so.
Your data may be transferred outside the UK. Data is transferred outside the UK (Netherlands) on the basis of a declaration of adequacy.

Automated decision-making

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

How does Safestore protect data?

Safestore takes the security of your data seriously. We have 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.
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 Safestore’s Data Retention Policy.
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 organisation to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require the organisation to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing;
  • object to the processing of your data where the organisation is relying on its legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing; and
  • ask the organisation to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override the organisation's legitimate grounds for processing data.
If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact our Privacy Officer (see below). You can make a subject access request by writing to the Privacy Officer.
If you believe that Safestore have not complied with your data protection rights, please contact the Privacy Officer in the first instance. If you are still not satisfied with the response, 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 Safestore during the recruitment process. However, if you do not provide the information, we may not be able to process your application properly or at all. If your application is successful, it will be a condition of any job offer that you provide evidence of your right to work in the UK and satisfactory references.
You are under no obligation to provide information for equal opportunities monitoring purposes and there are no consequences for your application if you choose not to provide such information.

Identity and contact details of controller and Privacy Officer

Safestore Ltd is the controller and processor of data for the purposes of the DPA 18 and GDPR. If you have any concerns as to how your data is processed, you can contact:
Privacy Officer at or you can write to the Privacy Officer using the address of Safestore Ltd, Britannic House, Stirling Way, Borehamwood, WD6 2BT


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