General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on 25th May 2018 has replaced the erstwhile Data Protection Act to unify data regulations in Europe, putting more control in the hands of the people to protect their personal information. This new regulation will bring about a significant change in the way the organizations collect and process personal information. According to the European Commission, personal data can be any information relating to employees private and public life ranging from an email address to bank details to posts on the social media platforms. Unlike the Data Protection Act, GDPR regulation apart from within the EU region is applicable for organizations based outside of EU and holding personal data of EU residents.
Recruitment agencies via the recruitment process collect a lot of personal information of a candidate and often share it among HR departments of various companies across the board. The unrestricted dissipation of information, with the inception of the GDPR act, will be severely affected as the onus will now be on the information collectors to apply necessary controls over the flow of information and would be made accountable to any unapproved disclosure or retention of personal information.
Let’s take a look at the key elements of the recruitment process that might be affected by the introduction of GDPR:
The new GDPR directive gives employees and candidates greater control over their personal data and makes the company more accountable for any breach of personal data. This not only will make the candidates experience quite enriching but will also lay the foundation for a more effective and efficient way of running the business.