Recruitment of Commission Staff Privacy Notice

Published 30/09/2020   |   Last Updated 27/10/2020   |   Reading Time minutes

The information on this page explains how Senedd Cymru/Welsh Parliament Commission (“Commission”) uses your personal information when you apply for a job with us. It also describes how long that information is kept for and the circumstances in which we will share it with other organisations.

What information are we collecting?

The information we ask for is used to enable us to consider your suitability for an advertised job vacancy or work experience opportunity. You don’t have to provide what we ask for but it may affect our ability to process your application, assess your suitability, and offer you a position if you don’t.

Information Processed at application

Personal Data processed includes your title, name, home address, email address, telephone number, education, qualifications, employment history and skills, employment references and answers to questions that we have deemed relevant to the role and any other personal information you may provide on your application form.

Data protection law recognises certain “special categories” of information. These are defined as information revealing a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic information, biometric information for uniquely identifying a person, information concerning heath, and information concerning a person’s sex life or sexual orientation.

These special categories are considered particularly sensitive and are afforded special protection. This is also the case for information relating to criminal offences or convictions.

At application special categories of data are also requested for monitoring of equal opportunity and treatment which may include your gender, ethnicity, nationality, sexual orientation, disability, religion/belief.

We utilise any declaration of disability to enable us to assess and make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process should they be required by the applicant.

Why we are collecting this information

Personal data is collected and used to facilitate the recruitment process of Commission staff and to fulfil our duties to publish diversity monitoring data as part of the Equality Act 2010’s public sector duties (this data is published anonymously).

The completion of the diversity information form is voluntary but we do encourage applicants to provide this information to assist us with our monitoring responsibilities.

If provided, your diversity information will be treated as confidential and will be held separately and will not be seen by the recruiting panel. No individual will be identified as part of this process.

What we will do with the personal information you provide

The Commission will use your personal information to:

  • Evaluate your application and assess your suitability for the role in question;
  • Make a decision about whether you should be selected for interview and appointment;
  • Conduct relevant pre-employment screening (e.g. carry out criminal record/National Security Vetting checks; verify your address, academic qualifications and work experience);
  • Review and audit the recruitment process and its outcomes;
  • Carry out diversity monitoring activities.

Information Processed at interview stage

If you are invited to an interview, we ask you to provide the following items:

  • Valid Driving Licence / Passport
  • Completed Criminal Record Declaration (CRD) form

The CRD form contains its own Privacy Notice with regards to how the Vetting office uses the information provided

  • This may include obtaining information about criminal convictions, cautions or other offences committed, whether past, current or pending.
  • The CRD form contains personal information that is held in line with the retention schedule outlined in the Vetting Policy
  • Passport or Visa to confirm eligibility to work in the UK


If invited to interview please be aware that we have on-site CCTV. Images are being monitored and may be recorded for the purpose of crime prevention and public safety. This scheme is controlled by: the Senedd - For further information contact: 0300 200 6555

Information Processed at Pre-employment stage

If you are successful at interview, we will also ask you to provide:

  • Contact details of referees
  • Completed Occupational health questionnaire to establish your fitness to work;
    Bank details;
  • Emergency contact details
  • Details of any membership to a Civil Service Pension Scheme.

Sources of Data

The information we collect will be provided directly by you, [or sometimes from a recruitment agency.]

If successful at interview we will collect information from third parties, including your referees, [education provider], [ Disclosure and Barring Service].

Mailing list and CV Bank

If you contact the commission to enquire about job vacancies or to submit a CV: we will contact you to ask that you consent to us to hold your details for 12 months in line with this privacy notice, and to ask if you would like to be made aware of any forthcoming vacancies. We will contact you again in twelve months to see if you consent to us holding your details on file for a further year.

Sharing personal information

We may use recruitment agencies depending on the role. Information will be kept by them 12 months after appointment. The appointed agency will provide details of their respective privacy notice. If successful at interview, your data will be processed as above.

We have an Independent Occupational Health Service which may share personal information with us in regards to assessing your fitness for work and/or any recommendations for reasonable adjustments. Further information this service can be found at

Some of your personal information will also be exchanged with third parties where it is necessary to carry out pre-employment screening e.g. UK National Security Vetting and/or obtaining references from previous employers, personal references and education, qualification/professional checks.
Other than as set out above, your information will only be accessed and processed by authorised personnel of the Commission (i.e. hiring managers and HR) who are directly involved in the management and administration of the recruitment process and have a business need to access your personal information.

The Commission may also disclose applicant information to other third parties for example, in order to establish or defend the legal rights of the Commission, or in an emergency where the health or personal security of an applicant is at risk.

Some information will be stored on the Commission’s ICT network, which includes third party cloud services provided by Microsoft. Any transfer of data by Microsoft outside of the EEA is covered by contractual clauses under which Microsoft ensure that personal data is treated in line with European legislation.

How long your information will be retained

Personal details of unsuccessful applicants will be retained for 12 months, in accordance with the Commission’s retention schedule. Documents will be destroyed in accordance with our destruction schedule.

Personal details of successful candidates will be kept for the duration of their employment and retained for 100 years after the end of employment.

Our legal basis for collecting, holding and using your personal information

Data protection law sets out various legal bases which allow us to collect, hold and use your personal information. These are:

  • Where we use your personal information to carry out our public functions. A key function of the Commission is to provide the Senedd with the staff and services it requires for its purposes and its work. An example of this is the processing undertaken in order to assess which applicant is best suited to a particular job;
  • Where the processing is necessary in order to take steps to enter into a contract with you. An example of this is contacting your selected referees;
  • Where we are under a legal obligation which requires us to process your personal information. An example of this is where we need to make reasonable adjustments to enable an applicant to take part in the recruitment process;
  • Where we process your information in order to protect your vital interests. An example of this would be if we shared information about your health if a medical emergency occurred whilst you were on site;
  • We will sometimes collect and use your personal information based upon your agreement. This is known as ‘consent’. We will always tell you where this is the case. An example is where we keep details of unsuccessful applicants for a fixed period to advise them of suitable future posts.

In addition, we will process special category data as part of the recruitment process. We may also process data relating to criminal convictions or offences.We will only collect and use these categories of information where we:

  • consider it necessary and in the substantial public interest to do so;
  • consider it necessary to meet our obligations under employment law; or
  • where you have given us your explicit consent to do so.

Your rights

As a data subject, you have a number of rights. The rights which apply depend on the legal bases we are relying on to use your personal information. Those rights will not apply in all instances, and the Commission will confirm whether or not that is the case when you make a request.
The rights include the right to request access to your own personal information, sometimes called a ‘subject access request’.
Additionally, you have the right to request from us:

  • that any inaccurate information we hold about you is corrected (please note that you are required to keep us up to date with any changes to your personal information);
  • that information about you is deleted (in certain circumstances);
  • that we stop using your personal information for certain purposes or in certain circumstances; and
    that your information is provided to you or a third party in a portable format (again, in certain circumstances).

If you would like to engage any of the rights that you have under data protection legislation ask a question or make a complaint about how your information is used; please contact the Data Protection Officer using one of the methods set out at the below.

If you are dissatisfied with how we are using your personal information or if you wish to complain about how we have handed a request, then please contact our Data Protection Officer and we will try to resolve any issues you may have.

You can also make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) if you believe we have not used your information in line with the law. The ICO’s contact details can be found on their website.

Requests for information made to the Commission

The Senedd is subject to access to information legislation. In the event of a request for information being made under

access to information legislation, it may be necessary to disclose all or part of the information that you provide. This may include information which has previously been removed by us for publication purposes. We will only do this if we are required to do so by law.

Changes to our privacy statement

We keep this privacy statement under regular review and will place any updates on this website. Paper copies of the privacy statement may also be obtained using the contact information below. This privacy statement was last updated on 07 April 2020

Who we are

The Senedd Commission is the data controller of the information you provide, and will ensure it is protected and used in line with data protection legislation.
If you have any further questions about the way in which we process personal data, or how to exercise your rights, please contact our Data Protection Officer at: 
Tŷ Hywel, Pierhead Street, Cardiff Bay CF99 1SN
0300 200 6494