Donaldson Search Privacy Policy

Donaldson Search provides headhunting or executive search services to UK companies. Donaldson Search is not a “database” recruitment company, but instead works on retained search assignments for a small number of companies at any one time, seeking out and discreetly approaching individuals for each assignment, based on the brief given by the client.

Data is held about individuals who are approached about positions, and also about individuals who work for client companies.

Definition: “You” or “your” used in this document refer to the individual(s) about whom Donaldson Search holds data.

Donaldson Search is a trading name of B Donaldson Solutions Ltd, a business registered in England & Wales with Company Registration Number 7916079, based at 356 Kedleston Road, Allestree, Derby DE22 2TF.

Donaldson Search takes its responsibility with your personal data very seriously. Donaldson Search is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) under registration number: ZA141419.

What type of data does Donaldson Search collect?

The data Donaldson Search collects about you is necessary to identify you, contact you and to enable assessments to be made about you and your suitability for specific roles. This may include your CV, work history, work permits, references and educational records such as qualification certificates. In addition to this data, information may also be required from you, such as your passport or bank details, in order to prove your Eligibility to Work in the UK; to arrange travel for you to attend an interview; or to reimburse you for expenses.

Where does the data come from?

The data Donaldson Search collects about you comes from the following sources:

  1. From you direct: From a CV; or during conversations in person, over the phone or via email.
  2. From public sources: From professional networking sites such as LinkedIn or Xing; from published articles or videos you have posted online; or from your own website.
  3. From 3rd parties: From referees you have given to us; from word of mouth recommendations such as former colleagues; from 3rd party companies such as referencing agencies.

How and why is the data used?

Your personal data is used to benchmark you against the specific requirement that you were approached about. Further assessments will be made, which may be in person; over secure video conferencing; or over the telephone, to increase the understanding about your specific skills, experience and circumstances.

Is the data shared?

If you are interested in being put forward for the assignment, then your details will be passed to the client.

Donaldson Search does not share your data with any other parties, and specifically does not sell your data to any marketing companies.

The client company may wish to use a 3rd party organisation for referencing purposes, to arrange travel for you to attend an interview, or for a medical screening as part of their recruitment processes. Your consent would be obtained if this was required before any data would be passed on.

Where is the data stored?

The data is stored in secure locations:

Donaldson Search computers in the office, behind locked doors and password-protected

External hard-drives used for backups, behind locked doors and encrypted

How long is the data kept?

After each assignment, data is kept for 6 years and then deleted after this time, unless there has been further contact in the meantime. In practice, this means that your data is kept for 6 years from the last contact you have had with Donaldson Search. This is so that Donaldson Search can provide you with a useful service in future regarding assignments that come along that may fit with your career goals.

What is the legal basis for Donaldson Search using the data?

As an executive search business, Donaldson Search has a legitimate interest in processing the personal data of prospective candidates, clients and referees. This information may be used to locate, contact and assess the suitability of individuals who my then become candidates, clients or referees.

What if an individual does not want to provide this data to Donaldson Search?

If you do not wish to provide Donaldson Search with the personal data necessary to assess your suitability for a position then Donaldson search would not be able to put you forward for that position.

What are the rights and choices for the individual about their data?

Donaldson Search makes all assessments by human judgement, based on the criteria given by the client. Automated profiling is not used by Donaldson Search.

Donaldson Search may transfer your data outside the European Economic Area (EEA) because most of the clients that work with Donaldson Search have international offices.

You have a number of rights in relation to your data within the EEA, as outlined below:

The right to be informed

You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how Donaldson Search uses your information and your rights. This is what is contained within this Donaldson Search Privacy Policy.

The right of access

You have the right to obtain access to the information Donaldson Search has about you if it is processed by Donaldson Search. This is so that you are aware and can check that Donaldson Search is using your information in accordance with data protection law.

The right to rectification

You have the right to have your information corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete.

The right to erasure

Also knows as “the right to be forgotten”, this is your right to request that data is deleted where there is no compelling reason for Donaldson Search to use it. There are exceptions to this right.

The right to restrict processing

You have the right to stop any further use of your information. This is where the data is kept and marked so that it cannot be processed in future.

The right to object to processing

You have the right to stop certain type of processing, such as specifying that you would not want to be emailed about potentially suitable opportunities.

The right to lodge a complaint

You have the right to lodge a complaint about the way Donaldson Search handles or processes your data with your national data protection regulator.

How can Donaldson Search be contacted?

+(0)1332 460072

356 Kedleston Road, Allestree, Derby DE22 2TF