Huntress Search Ltd trading as Blackthorn Trace
This Privacy Notice provides you with clear information as to how we process your personal data. We are obliged to use your information in line with all applicable laws. We do so in a manner that is fair by using your information in a way that you would reasonably expect when providing our work-finding services or recruiting personnel for you, and being transparent so that you know how it will be used.
This Privacy Notice sets out: the types of personal data that we collect about you; how and why we use it; how long we will keep it for; when, why and with whom we will share it; the legal basis for us using your personal data; and your rights in relation to us storing and processing your personal data. It also explains how we may contact you and how you can contact us.
Part of the recruitment process will involve sharing your personal data with our clients (independent data controllers) who have potential work opportunities that may be suitable for you. These third parties will have their own privacy policies and will also need to comply with all applicable laws. We encourage you to contact them directly if you have any concerns or questions about your data.
Who we are
Huntress Search Limited (registration number 4041477) is an employment business and agency that also includes specialist brands. We provide both temporary and permanent recruitment services to clients looking to recruit personnel for their business and provide work-finding services to candidates looking for job opportunities.
We are registered as a data controller with the ICO in the United Kingdom for the purposes of the Data Protection legislation and General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Our registered office address is Aldwych House, 71-91 Aldwych, London, WC2B 4HN and you can contact us at email@example.com if you have any queries relating to data protection.
Legal basis for processing your data
For prospective candidates, contractors, referees and clients, our processing is necessary for our legitimate interests in that we need the information in order to be able to assess suitability for potential roles, to find potential candidates and to contact clients and referees.
We do not consider our legitimate interests to be overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms. We take into consideration the reasonable expectations of individuals who are actively applying for jobs or making their personal information publicly accessible on professional networking sites.
If you are submitted as a candidate or requested for interview, then this may involve the processing of more detailed personal data including sensitive data such as health information or any unspent criminal convictions that you or others provide about you. We will ask for your consent before undertaking such processing if we are required to do so.
For clients, it may also be necessary for us to process your data in order to perform a contract for you if one is in place, for example in contacting you.
What information will we collect about you?
We collect and process personal data only as far as is necessary to facilitate the recruitment process and provide you with work-finding services. We need your personal data in order to find you suitable opportunities and further information may be needed to assess your eligibility through the different stages of the recruitment process.
The information we collect may include your name, email address, telephone number, CV, identification and right to work documents, educational records, work history, employment and references.
In general, we will not ask you about sensitive personal data but there may be times when it is necessary for information to be disclosed to us and for us to share it with potential employers. We will only share the information where you have provided your explicit consent.
We are also under an obligation to our clients to provide suitable candidates. Part of the assessment process will include asking you about any unspent criminal convictions you may have. We consider this to be highly confidential information and will only do so where you have provided your explicit consent.
Where does the information we collect about you come from?
The data we collect about you is obtained from the following sources:
How will we use the information collected about you?
We will use your information in such ways to facilitate the recruitment process and provide you with work-finding services, including but not limited to:
If you are selected by the client for an interview or the next stage of the recruitment process, we will need further information from you. This is likely to come directly from you but may also be from third parties such as a referee for example.
We may also analyse the data internally so that we can offer a more relevant service, for marketing and strategic development purposes or for research purposes to improve our service.
How and when will we contact you?
We may contact you by phone, email or social media.
Some examples of when we will contact you are:
Who will we share your information with?
There may also be circumstances where disclosure is required or permitted by law (such as to government bodies and law enforcement bodies). As an example, we are under an obligation to report pay details of all workers we place with clients to HMRC.
Generally, we will process your information within Huntress. There may be occasions where we use third parties to process your information on our behalf. In such situations these third parties will be under strict instructions and they will not be permitted to use your information for their own business purposes.
Will we transfer your data outside the EEA?
Huntress is based in the UK and our back-up systems are stored in the EEA. We do not generally transfer your data out of the EEA.
In the event that we do need to make transfers to countries outside the EEA, we will ensure the appropriate safeguards are in place.
How long will we keep your personal information?
Huntress will only retain information for as long as necessary for the relevant activity. This may be determined by legislation or a decision as to what we consider necessary for the business based on a number of factors.
Will we process special categories of personal data and criminal convictions?
We avoid processing special categories of data (sensitive personal data that reveal racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership) and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health, or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.
However, by taking copies of passports or ID it may be that racial or ethnic origin can be revealed. Processing this data is necessary for us to comply with employment law obligations and the data is only used for this specific purpose.
We are under an obligation to ensure that the candidates we submit to clients are suitable. As part of our registration process we require individuals to disclose any unspent convictions and may need to make further enquiries if necessary.
Will we contact you for marketing purposes?
We will only send you direct marketing emails that promote our company or services if you have opted into this. You will have the option to opt in when you are provided with a copy of our Privacy Notice. You can also manage your direct marketing preferences by contacting a Huntress consultant, updating your preferences or clicking the unsubscribe link on an email.
To clarify, contacting you about specific job opportunities is not marketing because we are not advertising or marketing our services.
Can you refuse to provide your data to us or request that we delete your data?
If you do not provide the personal data requested, or use your right to withdraw your consent for the processing of your sensitive personal data, we may not be able to match you with available job opportunities.
You have the right to object to us processing your data based on legitimate interest. If you have not been placed then we will be able to delete your data. You will have the option to delete your data when you are provided with a copy of our Privacy Notice by following the link on the transparency notice email or you can do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have been successfully placed then we will be under certain legal obligations to retain information for specified periods (up to 6 years). This includes, but is not limited to, ensuring you have the right to work in the UK and allowing us to comply with HMRC reporting requirements regarding payroll information. In such situations you do not have the right to object to us processing your data.
You do also have the right to restrict processing which means that we will stop further use of your data but still store it. However, if we stop processing your data, it will mean that any assignment you may currently be on will be terminated immediately or in line with any notice period.
Please note that we may require you to provide us with proof of your identity and answer security questions before processing your request and if your data is deleted we will have no record and you may be contacted again in the future.
Can you find out what data we hold about you?
You have the right to be informed about, and access a copy of, the information comprised in your personal data. If any of the data we hold is inaccurate, you have the right to rectify it. You can contact us at email@example.com or your consultant directly to update your data.
You can make a request to find out what personal data we hold about you. You may exercise this right by making a written subject access request (SAR) to firstname.lastname@example.org. We require you to provide us with proof of your identity and answer security questions before processing your request.
We usually act on such requests and provide information free of charge, but may charge a reasonable fee to cover our administrative costs of providing the information for:
Alternatively, we may be entitled to refuse to act on the request.
Please consider your request responsibly before submitting it. We will respond as soon as we can. Generally, this will be within one month from when we receive your request but, if the request is going to take longer to deal with, we will let you know.
Do you have the right to data portability?
The GDPR introduces a new right to data portability. This will enable individuals to both receive and transmit the personal data they have provided to a data controller in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format to another data controller.
The right to data portability only applies to the following:
As we rely on the legal basis of legitimate interests, this right will not apply to the data we hold about you. In addition, references obtained directly from third parties about you will not be subject to the right of data portability.
Cookies & External Websites
Some external links appear on our website, to websites owned and operated by third parties. These websites have their own privacy policies and we encourage you to review them. We accept no responsibility or liability for the privacy practices of such third parties and you use them at your own risk.
Changes to this Privacy Notice
We reserve the right to change our Privacy Notice at any time. Changes to our Privacy Notice will be displayed on our website.
If you have any issues or concerns then we ask that in the first instance you set this out in writing and send this to email@example.com.
If we are unable to satisfactorily deal with your complaint you can complain to the ICO which is the UK supervisory authority. You have the right to claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of data protection legislation.