Privacy Policy

Introduction

TeleSolv Consulting (“TeleSolv”) is committed to ensuring that your personal information is protected and that we are being transparent about the information we hold about you. This Privacy Policy applies to the personal information we collect and hold about individuals that: (i) visit our website (www.telesolvconsulting.com), (ii) elect to receive direct marketing and subscribed mailings from us as set out below; and/or (iii) apply for employment with TeleSolv, such details may come through the associated TeleSolv careers portal. 

Please read this Privacy Policy carefully, together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you, so you are informed about how and why we collect, store, use and share your personal information. This Privacy Policy also explains your rights in relation to your personal information and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint.

Where the collection and use of personal information is not addressed by this Privacy Policy, the privacy notice made available when your personal information is collected will apply.

Principles of Data Protection
Sources of Personal Data

We may collect personal data about you when:

  • The personal data is provided by you (e.g. when you apply for a role and register with us, including additional communications via email, telephone or Skype); 
  • The personal data is collected in the normal course of our relationship with you (e.g. in an interview); 
  • The personal data in recorded in a video assessment as part of a TeleSolv recruitment program; 
  • The personal data is collected from your named referees; 
  • The personal data has been made public by you (e.g. contacting TeleSolv via a social media platform about future career opportunities); 
  • The personal data is received by us from third parties, including to verify information you have provided (e.g. recruitment agencies, your former employer, law enforcement agencies, disclosure and barring service checks); 
  • The personal data is received from our business partners and suppliers (e.g. marketing partners, IT support services, careers portal operator); 
  • The personal data is collected when you visit our website or use any features or resources available on or through the website (including the careers portal, subscribing to marketing), some of which may be personal data; or 
  • The personal data may be created by us, such as records of your communications with us or reports from your job interviews.
Personal Data Collected

The following sets out the types of personal data we collect on our website/careers portal:

  • Personal Details:  title, full name, data of birth, age, gender, address, telephone numbers, email address, visa and immigration status, nationality, language and dialect spoken, preferences, subscriptions and pastimes,
  • Images and recordings:  your photograph, film/video footage and recordings of you (which may include your voice). 
  • Family and Friends Information:  name and contact details of family members, dependents and emergency contact details. 
  • Career History:  business activities, work history, employment roles, experience and referees, work address, work telephone number, former and current names and contact details of employees, work-related social media profile details. 
  • Qualification, Training and Education History:  schools and universities attended, qualifications obtained, additional training obtained. 
  • Consents: Consents: consents, permissions, or preferences that you have specified, such as whether you wish to receive direct marketing by subscribing to receive TeleSolv news and media alerts, TeleSolv regulatory news alerts, TeleSolv job alerts, or when you agree to the terms and conditions for submitting your application for employment. 
  • Interview Details:  interview responses, opinions of interviewers. 
  • Special Category Personal Data:  health and medical information, political opinions or memberships, trade union membership, ethnicity, religion and sexual orientation. 
  • Criminal Convictions Data:  information about criminal convictions and offences, including civil offer barring information. 
  • Website Access Details:  your computers unique identifier (e.g. IP Address), the date and time you accessed the website, passwords to access alerts preferences. 
  • Security Information:  security clearances and vetting information. 
  • Correspondence:  responses, comments, views and opinions when you communicate to us with us for instance when making a complaint and record a video interview.
Purposes and Use of Personal Data

The main purpose for using your personal information is to:

  • Support and progress your applications for employment with Serco;
  • Improve and monitor the operation of our website and the careers portal; and 
  • Deliver any requested services, such as job alerts.

We use information held about you in the following ways: -

  • To assess your application and determine whether a certain job/contract/role is suitable for you;
  • To contact you, for instance, to arrange an interview or to discuss a particular role/contract;
  • To inform you of employment opportunities which may arise at TeleSolv, including via “job match” emails
  • To obtain references from your referees;
  • To verify details you have provided to us;
  • To contact you with relevant marketing communications (please refer to section 11 below);
  • To administer our website and for internal operational purposes to make user experience more efficient (including troubleshooting) and to analyze how the systems are used;
  • To enable you to participate in interactive features within our website;
  • To prevent unauthorized access and modifications to systems;
  • To ensure business policies are adhered to e.g. Policies covering recruitment practices, vetting etc.; and
  • To carry out vetting.
Legal basis for using your Personal Information

Data protection and privacy laws requires us to have a “legal basis” or “lawful ground” to collect and use your personal information. We will only collect, use and share your personal information where we are satisfied that we have an appropriate legal basis to do this. This may include:

  • We have obtained your prior consent, for instance when you sign up to receive job alerts.
  • We need to use your personal information in connection with the performance of a contract with you or to take steps at your request prior to entering into a contract with us.
  • We need to use your personal information to comply with a relevant legal or regulatory obligation that we have.
  • Where it is necessary for our legitimate interests (or those of a third party) as a commercial organization

(to the extent that your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests), such as:

  • Maintaining adequate applicant records;
  • To assess suitability for a role including contacting references for verification purposes;
  • Vetting candidates for relevant roles;
  • To detect and protect against fraud;
  • To contact you about other employment opportunities at TeleSolv;
  • To make sure we are following our own internal procedures so we can deliver a quality service;
  • Establishing, exercising or defending our legal rights in the event of a claim;
  • Monitoring managing and operating our website IT systems and ensuring security of those systems; and/or
  • In connection with compliance, regulatory and investigative purposes as necessary.

Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal information.

If you have any queries about our legal basis for using your personal information, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Exemptions

TeleSolv sometimes handles personal information relying on exemptions under the applicable data protection law.  Any permitted handling of personal information under such exemptions will take priority over this Privacy Policy to the extent of any inconsistency.

When is special category and criminal offence personal data collected and used?

Special categories of personal data are particularly sensitive and require higher levels of protection. They include information about your health status, racial or ethnic origin, political views, religious or similar beliefs, sex life or sexual orientation, genetic or biometric identifiers and trade union membership.

We need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal information. Where required by applicable laws, we will take steps to have in place an appropriate policy document and safeguards relating to the processing of such personal information.

We may from time to time request that you provide special category information in relation to a job application, such as medical information or personal attributes such as nationality, religion and sexual orientation.  Where we do collect and handle special category personal information, we will only handle that information in accordance with applicable law, including where:

  • Where we have your explicit consent;
  • Where we need to carry out our legal obligations or exercise rights in connection with your employment;
  • The processing is necessary for establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims;
  • Where it is needed for a substantial public interest, such as for equal opportunities monitoring.

We will consider that you have given us your consent to hold your special category data where you have voluntarily provided such information in your communications with us or provided information we have marked as optional. For the avoidance of doubt, TeleSolv will only use the information for the purpose for which it was received unless otherwise required by applicable law.

Less commonly, we may process this type of information where it is needed in relation to legal claims, legal obligations or where it is needed to protect your vital interests (or someone else's vital interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.

Equality and Diversity

We may collect special categories of information (such as your ethnicity, religious beliefs, sexual orientation and your health as regards any disability) to promote diversity and monitor equal opportunities within TeleSolv’s workforce.  However, these questions are not mandatory and will not affect your application if you choose not to provide this information. 

Information about Criminal Convictions

We may be required to carry out vetting if you apply for a designated role which is conditional on such checks. This might involve the collection and use of sensitive information obtained from criminal records checks such as offences or alleged offence including any past or ongoing criminal proceedings. We carry out criminal records checks for the following purposes:

  • To comply with our legal obligation to ensure an individual is eligible to work in the UK; and
  • For our legitimate interest or that of a third party and as necessary to exercise our rights as an employer to carry out pre-employment screening including a full background and criminal records check, depending on the role: (i) to establish whether an applicant has committed an unlawful act or been involved in dishonesty, malpractice or other seriously improper conduct; or (ii) to comply with government and public sector clearance requirements.

We have in place appropriate policy documents and safeguards which we are required by law to maintain when processing such data.

Sharing Your Personal Information With Others

We will only disclose personal information to a third party in very limited circumstances, or where we are permitted to do so by law. The third parties to whom we provide your personal data include:

  • Other organizations within the TeleSolv Group of companies, where such disclosure is necessary to provide you with our services or to manage our business (e.g. the purposes of recruitment).
  • Customers where required for specific business purposes, such as additional vetting procedures.
  • Banks and payment providers to authorize and complete payments.
  • Credit reference agencies and organizations working to prevent fraud in financial services.
  • TeleSolv’s third-party providers including information technology suppliers and infrastructure support services, law firms and other third party suppliers/partner organizations.
  • Service providers which assist in sending drafting and sending requested news and job alerts.
  • Third parties which perform the pre-employment checks, including relevant vetting services.
  • Professional advisors (e.g. legal advisors, insurance organizations and auditors).
  • Government, regulatory and law enforcement bodies where we are required in order:
  1. To comply with our legal obligations;
  2. To exercise our legal rights (e.g. pursue or defend a claim); and
  3. For the prevention, detection and investigation of crime.

We may transfer your personal information to third parties in connection with a reorganization, restructuring, merger, acquisition, sale or transfer of assets, or changing services suppliers provided that the receiving party agrees to treat your personal information in a manner consistent with this Privacy Policy.

TeleSolv will only share your personal data with our contracted service providers when we have established they have adequate and sufficient data protection controls and security controls in place. We also implement contractual obligations on these third parties to ensure they can only use your data to provide services to TeleSolv for the purposes listed above.  The third parties cannot pass your details onto any other parties unless instructed to by TeleSolv. 

Security of Your Personal Information

TeleSolv takes precautions including administrative, technical and physical measures to safeguard your personal information against loss, theft and misuse, as well as against unauthorized access, modification, disclosure, alteration and destruction.  We protect electronic data using a variety of security measures including (but not limited to):

  • Password access;
  • Data back-up;
  • Encryption;
  • Firewalls;
  • Placing confidentiality requirements on employees and service providers and providing training to ensure that your personal data is handled correctly; and
  • Destroying or permanently making anonymous personal information if it is no longer needed for the purposes it was collected.
How long do we keep your personal information?

TeleSolv will only retain your personal information for the period necessary to fulfill the purposes outlined in this Privacy Policy and as otherwise needed to comply with applicable law and internal company policies. Where your personal information is no longer needed, we will ensure that it is disposed of in a secure manner. Below are the general criteria we use to determine how long we will keep your personal information, where upon we will either delete or make the data anonymous the data:

  • TeleSolv careers portal:  We will retain your information on our TeleSolv careers portal and may send you job match emails (please refer to section 11 above) for a period of 12 months from when you last logged into the system. We may contact you via email prior to deleting or making anonymous your information to ask whether you wish for us to retain these details.
  • Graduate Program:  We will generally retain a candidate’s personal information on our graduate program systems for a period of 12 months following notification of the outcome of their application, including the results of any automated decisions. If your application is successful, your information will be transferred to our other systems and retained separately.
  • Successful job applicants: If successful, we will keep your job application data as part of your employment record in line with TeleSolv’s Employee Personal Data Retention Guide. For more details, please refer to our employment privacy policy on our website at https://www.telesolv.com/privacy-policy.
  • Unsuccessful applications: subject to the above, we will generally retain other information about an unsuccessful applicant in relation to a specific job application or interview e.g. notes of interview responses, hard copies of CVs, for a period of 6 months from the date the position was filled.
  • Direct marketing and subscribed mailings: When you register to receive TeleSolv news and media alerts, TeleSolv regulatory news alerts or job alerts about future employment opportunities, we will retain these details until you notify us that you no longer wish to receive such communications (e.g. unsubscribing) (please refer to section 11 above).

In some circumstances we may store your personal information for longer periods of time where we are required to do so in accordance with legal or regulatory requirements or so that we have an accurate record of your dealings with us in the event of any complaints or challenges, or if we reasonably believe there is a prospect of litigation relating to your personal information or dealings.

Your Legal Rights

You have legal rights in connection with personal information. Under certain circumstances, by law you have the right to:

  • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
  • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
  • Request erasure of your personal information (commonly known as the "right to be forgotten"). This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information in limited circumstances, where: (i) it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected; (ii) you have withdrawn your consent (where the data processing was based on consent); (iii) following a successful right to object (see Object to processing); (iv) it has been processed unlawfully; or (v) to comply with a legal obligation to which TeleSolv is subject. We are not required to comply with your request to erase personal information if the processing of your personal information is necessary for a number of reasons, including: (i) for compliance with a legal obligation; or (ii) for the establishment, exercise or defense of legal claims.
  • Object to processing  of your personal information by us or on our behalf which has our legitimate interests as its legal basis for that processing, if you believe your fundamental rights and freedoms outweigh our legitimate interests. If you raise an objection, we have an opportunity to demonstrate that we have compelling legitimate interests which override your rights and freedoms. You can also object at any time to your personal information being processed for direct marketing, profiling or automated decision-making.
  • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, but only where: (i) its accuracy is contested, to allow us to verify its accuracy; (ii) the processing is unlawful, but you do not want it erased; (iii) it is no longer needed for the purposes for which it was collected, but we still need it to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (iv) you have exercised the right to object, and verification of overriding grounds is pending. We can continue to use your personal information following a request for restriction, where: (i) we have your consent; (ii) to establish, exercise or defend legal claims; or (iii) to protect the rights of another natural or legal person.
  • Request the transfer of your personal information. You can ask us to provide your personal information to you in a structured, commonly used, machine‑readable format, or you can ask to have it transferred directly to another data controller, but in each case only where: (i) the processing is based on your consent or on the performance of a contract with you; and (ii) the processing is carried out by automated means.
  • Obtain a copy, or reference to, the personal data safeguards used for transfers outside the European Union. We may redact data transfer agreements to protect commercial terms.
  • Withdraw consent to processing where the legal basis for processing is solely justified on the grounds of consent (please refer to section 11 for details about withdrawing consent to receiving news and alerts).

If you want to exercise any of these rights, please submit your requests in writing to the DPO via the contact details set out in section 17 below. Please note, to ensure security of personal information, we may ask you to verify your identity before proceeding with any such request.

We reserve the right to charge a fee where permitted by law, for instance if your request is manifestly unfounded or excessive.

We may not always be able to fully address your request, for example if it would impact the duty of confidentiality we owe to others, or if we are legally entitled to deal with the request in a different way.

Data Protection Contacts

We have appointed our Human Resources Department to handle Data Protection efforts to oversee compliance with this Privacy Policy. If you have any questions about this Privacy Policy or how we handle your personal information, please address these to: 

TeleSolv Consulting
Human Resources
1325 18th Street NW
Suite 205
Washington DC 20001

Supervisory authority

If you have any questions, concerns or complaints regarding this Privacy Policy or how we manage your personal information, we encourage you to first contact our the Human Resources Department.

Changes to this Privacy Policy

This Privacy Policy was last reviewed and updated on October 30, 2020. We may amend this Privacy Policy from time to time to keep it up to date with legal requirements and the way we operate our business. Please regularly check this page for the latest version of this Privacy Policy.