What is a Data Processor?

1) Data processor
2) What does this mean for the Work Programme?
2.1) Withdraw consent
2.2) Third party

3) Data controller

1) Data processor

Data processor, in relation to personal data, means any person (other than an employee of the data controller) who processes the data on behalf of the data controller.
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/the_guide/key_definitions.aspx

2) What does this mean for the Work Programme?

All Work Programme Providers and their Subcontractors are DWP Jobcentre Data Processors, which means they share any personal information you give them with DWP Jobcentre,  without the need for further consent/permission. Personal information you share with the DWP Jobcentre is also shared with all Providers and their Subcontractors for delivery of the WorkProgramme, without the need for further consent/permission.

2.1) Withdraw consent

You can however withhold or withdraw consent to stop your personal information being shared with any third party, such as an employer or training provider.

Tell your Work Programme Adviser to place a formal note on your Action Plan or DWP Jobcentre Adviser to amend your Jobseekers Agreement (ES3JP) so they both state you do not consent to your personal information being shared with and obtained from any third party, such as but not exclusively employers or training providers.

Note: According to page 1 of the Jobseekers Agreement (ES3JP) Jobcentre Plus claim they can contact an employer for feedback, without the need for further consent, about any job they have told you to apply for.

Tip: You can of course tell any employer (in advance and in writing is best) that you do not consent to them giving the DWP Jobcentre or any Work Programme Provider or Subcontractor any feedback on either a job interview or job application.

2.2) Third party, in relation to personal data, means any person other than –

(a) the data subject, (you)

(b) the data controller,(DWP Jobcentre) or

(c) any data processor (all Work Programme Providers and their Subcontractors) or other person authorised to process data for the data controller or processor.
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/the_guide/key_definitions.aspx

3) Data controller

Data controller means … a person who (either alone or jointly or in common with other persons) determines the purposes for which and the manner in which any personal data are, or are to be, processed.
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_organisations/data_protection/the_guide/key_definitions.aspx

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