Candidate Privacy Notice


The Company is committed to protecting the personal data of its job applicants. This Notice sets out important information about how the Company and its associated companies (including Backhouse Land Limited and its subsidiaries) (“the Group” “we” or “us”) collect and use your personal data during the course of the application and recruitment process.

You should read this Notice carefully and raise any questions you may have with your local HR team or Data Protection Officer.


This Notice applies to job applicants located in the UK. In connection with the recruitment process, the relevant data controller is Backhouse Housing Limited whose registered address is c/o DAC Beachcroft LLP, Portwall Place, Portwall Lane, Bristol BS1 9HS and whose office address is at Box House, Bath Road, Box, SN13 8AA.

What personal data do we collect?

Personal data means information which identifies you and relates to you as an individual. As your prospective employer, the Group will collect, use and store your personal data for a wide variety of reasons in connection with the application and recruitment process. We have set out below the main categories of candidate personal data which we process in connection with our recruiting activities on a day to day basis:

  • personal contact information (including your name, home address, personal telephone number(s) and personal e-mail address)
  • work history and other relevant experience including information contained in CV, cover letter or job application form
  • education information including degrees awarded, transcripts and other information provided in support of the job application
  • compensation history
  • information collected during phone screenings and interviews
  • details regarding the type of employment sought, desired salary, willingness to relocate, job preferences, and other information related to compensation and benefits
  • reference information and information received from background checks (where applicable) including information provided by third parties
  • information related to previous applications to us or previous employment history with us
  • documents evidencing your right to work (including information about your immigration status where relevant)
  • date of birth
  • gender
  • information gathered through the Group’s monitoring of its IT systems, building access records and CCTV recording in relation to your communications with us and attendance at our premises
  • driving licence information including any additional licences obtained (for example, if you are licenced to drive a forklift truck)

The majority of the personal data to be provided by you is mandatory in connection with our recruiting activities. Failure to provide mandatory personal data may affect our ability to accomplish the purposes stated in this Notice, including considering your suitability for employment and/or entering into an employment contract with you.

The list set out above is not exhaustive, and there may be other personal data which the Group collects, stores and uses in the context of the application and recruitment process. The Group will update this Notice from time to time to reflect any notable changes in the categories of personal data which it processes.

The majority of the personal data which we process will be collected directly from you. However, your personal data may also be provided to us by third parties, such as recruitment agencies, former employers, official bodies (such as regulators or criminal record bureaus) and medical professionals.

Referencing and vetting

As part of our referencing and vetting procedures, we will contact certain third parties in order to verify your personal information (including personal information that you provide as part of the application and recruitment process). These third parties will include:

  • former employers in order to verify your previous employment history
  • universities and/or other establishments for higher education that you attended in order to verify your education history

We will only seek this information in relation to successful candidates that have accepted a conditional offer of employment with us and we will specifically inform such candidates that we will be contacting these third parties in advance of doing so.

How do we use your personal data?

The Group uses your personal data for a variety of purposes in order to take steps necessary to enter into an employment contract with you, to comply with legal obligations or otherwise in pursuit of its legitimate business interests. We have set out below the main purposes for which candidate personal data is processed:

  • to identify and evaluate job applicants, including assessing skills, qualifications and experience
  • verifying candidate information and carrying out employment, background and reference checks, where applicable and in order to prevent fraud
  • communicating with you about the recruitment process and your application
  • to comply with our legal, regulatory, or other corporate governance requirements
  • for the purposes of conducting data analytics to review and better understand the operation of our recruitment processes

In addition to using your personal data to consider you for the role you applied for, we will retain and process your personal data to inform you about and to consider you for other roles that may be appropriate for you. If you do not want us to consider you for other roles which we consider may be appropriate for you, please inform your HR contact.

Again, this list is not exhaustive and the Group may undertake additional processing of personal data in line with the purposes set out above. The Group will update this Notice from time to time to reflect any notable changes in the purposes for which its processes your personal data.

What special categories of personal data do we process?

Certain categories of data are considered “special categories of personal data” and are subject to additional safeguards. The Group limits the special categories of personal data which it processes as follows:

Health Information

We may process information about a candidate’s physical or mental health in compliance with our obligations owed to disabled employees.

We will always treat information about health as confidential and it will only be shared internally where there is a specific and legitimate purpose to do so. We have implemented appropriate physical, technical, and organisational security measures designed to secure your personal data against accidental loss and unauthorised access, use, alteration, or disclosure.

If a candidate is successful, any health information processed as part of the recruitment process that is relevant to the Group’s compliance with its obligations in connection with employment will be retained and processed in accordance with the Employee Privacy Notice.

If a candidate is unsuccessful, any health information obtained as part of recruitment process will be deleted with the rest of the candidate’s personal data within 12 months of their rejection.

When do we share employee personal data?

The Group will share employee personal data with other parties only in limited circumstances in order to take steps necessary to enter into the employment contract or where necessary to comply with a legal obligation, or otherwise in pursuit of its legitimate business interests as follows:

  • recruitment agencies
  • background vetting specialists
  • occupational health providers
  • HMRC and/or any other applicable government body
  • accountants, lawyers and other professional advisers

In all cases, the employee personal data is shared under the terms of a written agreement between the Group and the third party which includes appropriate security measures to protect the personal data in line with this Notice and our obligations. The third parties are permitted to use the personal data only for the purposes which we have identified, and not for their own purposes, and they are not permitted to further share the data without our express permission.

For how long will my personal data be retained?

The Group’s policy is to retain personal data only for as long as needed to fulfil the purpose(s) for which it was collected, or otherwise as required under applicable laws and regulations. Under some circumstances we may anonymise your personal data so that it can no longer be associated with you. We reserve the right to retain and use such anonymous data for any legitimate business purpose without further notice to you.

For unsuccessful candidates:

  • We will typically retain personal data collected during the recruitment process for a maximum period of 12 months from the end of the process subject to any exceptional circumstances and/or to comply with particular laws or regulations.
  • We may retain select data relating to particular candidates on file for a longer period than 12 months in order to follow up with the candidates in relation to future vacancies; if you do not wish for your personal data to be maintained on file for this purpose, please inform us.
  • We will typically retain personal data held in archived e-mails or other electronic files for 7 years.

If you are offered and accept employment with us, the personal data we collected during the application and recruitment process will become part of your employment record and we may use it in connection with your employment in accordance with the Employee Privacy Notice.

What are my rights in relation to my personal data?

The Group will always seek to process your personal data in accordance with its obligations and your rights.

You will not be subject to hiring decisions based solely on automated data processing without your prior consent.

In certain circumstances, you have the right to seek the erasure or correction of your personal data, to object to particular aspects of how your data is processed, and otherwise to seek the restriction of the processing of your personal data. You also have the right to request the transfer of your personal data to another party in a commonly used format. If you have any questions about these rights, please contact your local Data Protection Officer using the details set out below.

You have a separate right of access to your personal data processed by the Group. You may be asked for information to confirm your identity and/or to assist the Group to locate the data you are seeking as part of the Group’s response to your request. If you wish to exercise your right of access you should set out your request in writing to your local Data Protection Officer using the details set out below.

Finally, you have the right to raise any concerns about how your personal data is being processed with the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) by going to the ICO’s website: or contacting the ICO on 0303 123 1113 or

Where can I get further information?

The Group has appointed local Data Protection Officers to oversee compliance with this Notice and to deal with any questions or concerns. If you would like further information about the matters set out in this Notice, please contact your HR Business Partner and/or your local Data Protection Officer.

The contact details for your local Data Protection Officer are set out below:

Theodore Backhouse, Founder