Connecting linkedin

Data - opportunity or a new threat?

3 months ago by Matthew Gallivan FInstSMM

W1siziisijiwmtgvmdivmjivmtavndyvntkvmi9hrfbsigrhdgeuanbnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilciymjawedywmfx1mdazyyjdlfsiccisim9wdgltaxplil1d

In recent years we have heard from many industry gurus that using data to drive and inform your business decision-making is crucial

 

If you were one of those luddites that scoffed at the use of data and relied on gut feeling, you were not only laughed at, you were considered a pariah within certain circles. Admittedly I have been beating the data drum for quite a few years now - I’m a huge believer in data analytics as a business improvement tool - and I too have looked scornfully on those who felt they knew better than what data was able to prove.

 

However, for the first time, data is emerging as foe rather than friend. In the not too distant future we will see parts of those carefully curated data stockpiles turn into ticking time bombs if they are not carefully stored and handled.

 

By now, we’re all more than aware of the General Data Protection Regulation (known as GDPR to its friends) and what it means for data. At Volcanic we've produced a suite of material to help you The GDPR will change tangibly the way we handle the data of others and will offer a whole new level of transparency.

 

A positive force for change

The GDPR heralds positive change in many ways - the era of companies selling your details to ‘carefully selected third parties’ is over. No more can they make a quick buck by making you the recipient of calls about PPI, about an accident you had in the last three years, or about the perfect role they have for you - because you once spoke to them four years ago.

 

The tables have truly turned and are now allowing the owner of that data - defined by the GDPR as the data subject - to dictate who has it and how they use it. So if you are clinging on to that stockpile of data as your security blanket, because everyone has always told you that data is key, it’s time to let it go.

 

Candidate profiling

Automated decision-making and profiling (automated processing of personal data to evaluate certain things about an individual) are two of the provisions of the GDPR that will, arguably, have the most significant impact on recruitment. Article 22 of the GDPR has additional rules to protect individuals if you are carrying out solely automated decision-making that has legal or a similarly significant effect on them. ​

 

What does this mean?  You must identify whether any of your data processing falls within this scope, and make sure that you give individuals information about this processing and introduce simple ways for them to request human intervention.

 

Start to analyse which data you really need and make sure you have the correct permissions in place to ensure you are on the right side of the law. Get started now by watching our free GDPR Awareness Training video to help you put the candidate first - and let’s give the recruitment industry a better name.   

 

ABOUT 10 HOURS AGO BY MATTHEW GALLIVAN FINSTSMM

W1siziisijiwmtgvmduvmjqvmtuvmzqvmtevotawl0plcmvtesbtbmvsbcburufnlmpwzyjdlfsiccisinrodw1iiiwindawedmwmfx1mdazyyjdlfsiccisim9wdgltaxplil1d

At a TEAM seminar hosted by Volcanic, keynote speaker Jeremy Snell from Zero Entropy Networks spoke on how recruitment agencies can look to boost their business growth. With clear focus on four strands to support business growth, Jeremy helped ins...

READ MORE

3 DAYS AGO BY MATTHEW GALLIVAN FINSTSMM

W1siziisijiwmtgvmduvmjevmdkvmzivndavntu0l2ltywdlmi5qcgvnil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilci0mdb4mzawxhuwmdnjil0swyjwiiwib3b0aw1pemuixv0

Inspire a new recruitment world. At Volcanic, we are delighted to be part of an exciting new event hosted by the Members Only group. Aimed at providing a networking and educational forum for recruitment industry leaders, The Retreat will provide a...

READ MORE

14 DAYS AGO BY MATTHEW GALLIVAN FINSTSMM

W1siziisijiwmtgvmduvmtavmtqvmdyvndivmja5l1n1y2nlc3mgymxvzy5qcgcixsxbinailcj0ahvtyiisijqwmhgzmdbcdtawm2mixsxbinailcjvchrpbwl6zsjdxq

We’re proud to announce that Volcanic has achieved certification for the latest ISO 9001:2015 standard in recognition of our commitment to continuous improvement and business excellence. Paving the way to our achieving ISO 27001, gaining this tran...

READ MORE

21 DAYS AGO BY MATTHEW GALLIVAN FINSTSMM

W1siziisijiwmtgvmduvmdqvmtqvmdkvndyvnjmxl1njcmvlbibtag90idiwmtgtmdutmdqgyxqgmtuumdyumtmucg5nil0swyjwiiwidgh1bwiilci0mdb4mzawxhuwmdnjil0swyjwiiwib3b0aw1pemuixv0

We're always delighted to see Volcanic clients win awards for excellence - and they certainly swept the board at the Recruiter Awards 2018. In our recent blog we announced no less than 16 of our clients had been shortlisted and last week it was gr...

READ MORE