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Agenda: Privacy Legislation

(July 31, 2003) -  You might want to keep a close eye on Phil Wolff's Emblog. Executed as a piece of our work at Candidate Voice, Phil is busily exploring the ins and outs of employment branding. One of his great ideas is the development of "Agendas" on specific topics.

What follows is Phil's "Agenda" for an HR led meeting to review the adequacy of the policies surrounding employment data from a privacy perspective.


  • VP Staffing
  • Counsel
  • Privacy Officer
  • CIO
  • Marketing Communications
  • Applicant Tracking System Vendor


New laws, like California SB 1386 (in effect 1 July 2003), affect what data you collect, keep, how you use it, and who gets to to see it. We do all of that through our career site. Where do we stand? What's our plan? 



The rules:
  • What laws and regulations apply to our pre-employment data now?
  • What are coming soon? 
  • Which jurisdictions apply to our online staffing process?
Our behavior:
  • What data do we collect now?
  • How are we protecting the data electronically? Physically? Procedurally? Is it enough? 
  • Does our responsibility start on web sites that collect information on our behalf, like job boards? 
  • Do we share information with contractors and business partners? How can we determine if they compliant? Is that a new condition of working with us?
  • What can we do to both serve our recruiting goals while meeting job seeker needs for privacy? 
  • Will this change our data sharing policy within the organization? Across sister organizations?
  • Do we have procedures and a mechanism for user notification? Have we tested the mechanism?
  • How do we communicate our actions in a way consistent with our employment brand?
  • How flexible is our ATS? How fast can changes be turned on?
  • What is our data retention policy? Does it need updating? 
  • Is our current privacy policy sufficient?
  • What is our risk exposure? 
  • What are the direct and indirect costs of compliance?
  • What is the effect, positive or negative, on recruiting?
  • What upside potential can we earn by being compliant sooner and better than other employers? Are there stricter standards worth bragging about to potential employees?
Our process:
  • What should we do to stay ahead of privacy compliance changes?


John Sumser

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