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TOPIC: [findajob.DWP.gov.uk] "DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data"

[findajob.DWP.gov.uk] "DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data" 29 May 2018 10:17 #8095

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As "DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data processed by the Service and described in this privacy policy"
https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/privacy.html

Whilst registered account users can delete an account*, it is worth noting that:

"All the account activity history will be deleted https://findajob.dwp.gov.uk/privacy.html]14 months after the account was closed"

As with all personal data held by the DWP, you can request a copy.

You can also check out the DWP's 'Personal information charter'.

*"You may close your job seeker account at any time. Closing your account deletes all the personal information held in your profile, with the exception of your account activity history.

Specifically, the account activity history records when you have accessed the service and closed the account. All the account activity history will be deleted 14 months after the account was closed.

If your job seeker account has not been accessed for twelve months since the last successful login, we will contact you via the registered email address and explain that if you do not successfully login again within the next 28 days, we will automatically close your account."
findajob.dwp.gov.uk/privacy.html#disclosure
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[findajob.DWP.gov.uk] "DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data" 29 May 2018 14:34 #8126

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Thanks for getting back to us, and for posting the link to the document titled ‘Privicy’

The issue of who is Data Controller on the FaJ site arose out of concerns expressed about the privacy implications of personal data uploaded by a potential user of FaJ.

The document before us here begins with a few remarks ‘About us’. Us being; findajob.dwp.gov.uk.

About us
"In this privacy policy, the Service is run by Adhunter Ltd trading as Adzuna on behalf of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data processed by the Service and described in this privacy policy. Adzuna provide the Service and protect the personal data acting in their role as the Data Processor, alongside Amazon Web Services who also are the data processor."

Notice the subtle distinction, deception might be too strong a word.

“The DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data processed by the Service and described in this privacy policy”.

There is a clear distinction between ‘any personal data processed by the Service’ and any personal data that I, as a user, may or may not wish to upload onto FaJ.

In the first instance my concern would be with a guarantee that any personal data I, as a user, may or may not wish to upload onto FaJ was controlled by someone; i.e. protected. What becomes of it after processing, although of concern, is a whole other kettle of fish.

This would explain why FaJ were happy to include in their other policy articles the statement; “The DWP does not claim rights, ownership or control over content uploaded on the site by Users”.

Next:

“Adzuna provide the Service and protect the personal data acting in their role as the Data Processor”

Is this an acknowledgement by Adzuna that they will protect my personal data i.e. take a degree of control over it?

Next:

“….alongside Amazon Web Services who also are the data processor.”

This is news to me. How the bloody hell is my job seeking activities going to be processed and controlled for my benefit by Amazon?

Next:

“You may apply for jobs posted by employers and, if you choose to apply, they may also gather other information about you. If you do apply, you should consult those employer’s privacy policies, as appropriate and applicable. The employer will be the data controller for your personal data, once they receive application data you have sent them, including any additional data they have gathered from you.

As part of your job seeker profile you may upload CV’s to send to employers when applying for jobs through the Service”.


Employers, it would appear, can gather, process and become controllers of my personal data too. Any crank may open an employer account on FaJ, whether legitimate or not, if it is as easy as you previously said it might be for the likes of me.

Next:

“In addition, we or data processors acting on our behalf may also store or process information that we collect about you in countries inside the European Economic Area”.

I suppose I should be grateful that my privacy is somewhat secure outside of Europe at least. Then again Amazon and any other employer trading internationally will put the kybosh on that.

Next:

“We may also collect your computer’s IP address in order to help us improve the delivery of and protect the integrity of the Service. This will not identify you as an individual to us”.

“Every machine on a network has a unique identifier. Just as you would address a letter to send in the mail, computers use the unique identifier to send data to specific computers on a network”.

So, there we are, not a peep about protecting my integrity. The whole world is a data processor or controller of my personal data to some degree, irrespective of how I may try to conceal my identity, if I choose to open an account with FaJ.

And finally:

“However, whilst we have used our best efforts to ensure the security of your data, please be aware that we cannot guarantee the security of information transmitted over the Internet”.

In other words, anything happens to me as a result of any personal data uploaded by me to FaJ, tough.

Knowledge of the DWP having control of the processed date was grim enough, but the whole world actually having a hand in both processing my data, and I would assume controlling the processed data, has convinced me more than ever that this site is going to make UJM feel like it was a picnic.

The document starts with the statement:

“We respect your right to privacy”.

I should say they do. They would own, use, abuse and profit from it as they see fit.
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[findajob.DWP.gov.uk] "DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data" 29 May 2018 14:47 #8127

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[findajob.DWP.gov.uk] "DWP are the Data Controller of any personal data" 29 May 2018 14:54 #8130

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MrFrankZola wrote:
Summary: "DWP are the Data Controller" for findajob.dwp.gov.uk/

I believe you believe that, thousands wouldn't
Shared Data Controllers, maybe.
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