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GDPR at Harvey John: P stands for Prepared, R stands for Ready.


So, your Inbox has probably been flooded with GDPR emails in the last week, where companies have been rushing to sign you up or tell you about their revised Data policies before the deadline hits us. We’re really glad to see that Data Protection is getting more attention (especially across the recruitment industry!) and are feeling pretty proud of our proactive approach to our candidates’ data security, no last minute panic here!

Harvey John’s MD, David, and senior consultant Alice attended the REC conference on GDPR back in December and came back with one main message: “The recruitment world as we know it will never be the same”.

We spent the weeks just before Christmas (when recruitment naturally slows down a little) getting our ducks in a row and:

  • Appointed a Data Protection Leader
  • Looked closely at our processes and refined the way we operate
  • Deleted all our emails and files stored on our PC’s
  • Made sure that all relevant data is uploaded onto our secure cloud-based system
  • Started a massive database cleanse.

Above all, we have contacted all our candidates to request written permission from them to continue to hold their details on our database. We sent our first communication asking for “GDPR YES” in March and several more since to make sure no one had been left out. This way everyone who wanted to stay in touch with us had a chance to do so.

Anyone who asks to be removed can be confident in the knowledge that all traces of their personal information and any correspondence has been permanently erased.

We’re ready to embrace the new world order! With a database (albeit slightly smaller than before!) full of top quality candidates who have chosen to stay with us and know exactly what information we hold for them.

We’re prepared. Are you?

If you want to know more about our approach to Data Protection, check our article on the topic.

Harvey John: always striving to be ahead of the game!
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