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Giant GDPR notice
for employees

Last updated June 2024


  • This notice applies to all employees (and past employees and those who apply to become employees) of a Giant company. When this notice refers to ‘Giant’, in the context of controlling your personal data, we mean the giant company that is your employer. The best way to identify the company is to look at your employment contract or your payslips or, if you are an applicant, the company named in the recruitment process.
  • Giant is committed to protecting the privacy and security of your personal information.
  • This privacy notice describes how we collect and use personal information about you during and after your working relationship with us, in accordance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
  • It applies to all employees (and prospective employees).
  • Giant is a “data controller”. This means that we are responsible for deciding how we hold and use personal information about you. We are required under data protection legislation to notify you of the information contained in this privacy notice.
  • This notice applies to current and former employees. This notice does not form part of any contract of employment or other contract to provide services. We may update this notice at any time but if we do so, we will provide you with an updated copy of this notice as soon as reasonably practical.
  • We will comply with data protection law. This says that the personal information we hold about you must be:
    • Used lawfully, fairly and in a transparent way.
    • Collected only for valid purposes that we have clearly explained to you and not used in any way that is incompatible with those purposes.
    • Relevant to the purposes we have told you about and limited only to those purposes.
    • Accurate and kept up to date.
    • Kept only as long as necessary for the purposes we have told you about.
    • Kept securely.
  • Personal data, or personal information, means any information about an individual from which that person can be identified. It does not include data where the identity has been removed (anonymous data).
  • There are certain types of more sensitive personal data which require a higher level of protection, such as information about a person’s health or sexual orientation. Information about criminal convictions also warrants this higher level of protection.
  • We may collect, store, and use some or all of the following categories of personal information about you:
    • Name, address and contact details
    • Date of birth
    • Marital status
    • Employment application
    • Curriculum vitae
    • History with the company
    • Job title
    • Areas of expertise
    • Details of salary (including your payslips and tax forms) and benefits
    • National Insurance number
    • Bank details
    • Performance appraisals
    • Disciplinary records
    • Salary reviews
    • Records relating to holiday and other leave
    • Working time records
    • Next of kin details
    • Logs of our communications with you
  • We may also collect, store and use the following more sensitive types of personal information:
    • Trade union membership.
    • Information about your health, including any medical condition, health and sickness records, including:
    • Where you leave employment and under any share plan operated by a group company the reason for leaving is determined to be ill-health, injury or disability, the records relating to that decision;
    • Details of any absences (other than holidays) from work including time on statutory parental leave and sick leave; and
    • Where you leave employment and the reason for leaving is related to your health, information about that condition needed for pensions and permanent health insurance purposes.
    • Information about criminal convictions and offences.
  • We collect personal information about employees through the application and recruitment process or background check provider. We may sometimes collect additional information from third parties including:
    • Companies that introduce you to us (such as employment agencies, corporates, public bodies)
    • Recruitment consultants
    • Agents, suppliers, sub-contractors and advisers
    • Our existing employees and clients
  • We will collect additional personal information in the course of job-related activities throughout the period of you working for us.
  • We will only use your personal information when the law allows us to. Most commonly, we will use your personal information in the following circumstances:
    • Where we need to perform the contract we have entered into with you.
    • Where we need to comply with a legal obligation.
    • Where it is necessary for legitimate interests pursued by us or a third party and your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests.
  • We may also use your personal information in the following situations, which are likely to be rare:
    • Where we need to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests).
    • Where it is needed in the public interest or for official purposes.
Situations in which we will use your personal information
  • We need all the categories of information in the list above primarily to allow us to perform our contract with you and to enable us to comply with legal obligations. In some cases we may use your personal information to pursue legitimate interests, provided your interests and fundamental rights do not override those interests. The situations in which we will process your personal information are listed below.
    • Making a decision about your recruitment or appointment. We use the information you provide in your application
    • Checking you are legally entitled to work in the UK.
    • Paying you and deducting tax and National Insurance contributions (nics).
    • Providing the employee benefits which the company offers from time to time, if you opt for them.
    • Enrolling you in a pension arrangement in accordance with our statutory automatic enrolment duties or in accordance with the preferences you express when you join.
    • Administering the contract we have entered into with you and related contracts with organisations that use your services.
    • Dealing with legal disputes involving you, or other employees, workers and contractors, including accidents at work.
    • Complying with health and safety obligations.
    • To ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access to our computer and electronic communications systems and preventing malicious software distribution.
    • Equal opportunities monitoring.
  • Some of the above grounds for processing will overlap and there may be several grounds which justify our use of your personal information.
If you fail to provide personal information
  • If you fail to provide certain information when requested, we may not be able to perform the contract we have entered into with you (such as paying you or providing a benefit), or we may be prevented from complying with our legal obligations (such as to ensure the health and safety of our workers).
Change of purpose
  • We will only use your personal information for the purposes for which we collected it, unless we reasonably consider that we need to use it for another reason and that reason is compatible with the original purpose. If we need to use your personal information for an unrelated purpose, we will notify you and we will explain the legal basis which allows us to do so.
  • Please note that we may process your personal information without your knowledge or consent, in compliance with the above rules, where this is required or permitted by law.
  • ”special categories” of particularly sensitive personal information, such as information about your health, racial or ethnic origin, sexual orientation or trade union membership, require higher levels of protection. We need to have further justification for collecting, storing and using this type of personal information. We have in place an appropriate policy document and safeguards which we are required by law to maintain when processing such data. We may process special categories of personal information in the following circumstances:
    • In limited circumstances, with your explicit written consent.
    • Where we need to carry out our legal obligations or exercise rights in connection with employment.
    • Where it is needed in the public interest, such as for equal opportunities monitoring.
  • Less commonly, we may process this type of information where it is needed in relation to legal claims or where it is needed to protect your interests (or someone else’s interests) and you are not capable of giving your consent, or where you have already made the information public.
Do we need your consent?
  • We do not need your consent if we use special categories of your personal information in accordance with our written policy to carry out our legal obligations or exercise specific rights in the field of employment law. In limited circumstances, we may approach you for your written consent to allow us to process certain particularly sensitive data. If we do so, we will provide you with full details of the information that we would like and the reason we need it, so that you can carefully consider whether you wish to consent. You should be aware that it is not a condition of your contract with us that you agree to any request for consent from us.
  • We may only use information relating to criminal convictions where the law allows us to do so. This will usually be where such processing is necessary to carry out our obligations and provided we do so in line with our privacy standard.
  • We will hold information about criminal convictions if it is appropriate given the nature of the role and where we are legally able to do so.
  • Where appropriate, we will collect information about criminal convictions as part of the recruitment process or we may be notified of such information directly by you in the course of you working for us.  We will use information about criminal convictions and offences in the following ways:
    • We may disclose criminal convictions if you are assigned to a project for another organisation that requires criminal background checks (for example, you are assigned to work for a bank that requires such checks because the role requires access to secure banking data);
    • If you have disclosed criminal convictions, we may not put you forward for projects that your convictions would disqualify you for the project;
    • We may share the information with another organisation if you consent (for example, if you consent to disclosure in connection with your services being made available to an agency).
  • Automated decision-making takes place when an electronic system uses personal information to make a decision without human intervention.
  • We use third party databases to verify your identity and proof of address.
  • We may have to share your data with third parties, including third-party service providers and other entities in the group. For example, we share your information with other giant companies who provide shared services that allow us to perform the functions outlined in this notice.
  • We require third parties to respect the security of your data and to treat it in accordance with the law.
  • We may transfer your personal information outside the UK and outside the European Union. Some overseas countries do not have data protection legislation equivalent to GDPR. However, your data will be treated at all times in line with GDPR requirements and will only be transferred internationally on an accepted lawful basis such as the Privacy Shield or standard contractual clauses mandated by GDPR. For specific details about your specific data, please contact your Support Team/Manager. To be employed by Giant, you agree to a general authorisation to process your data outside the United Kingdom or outside the European Union. We will notify you of any intended changes or the addition of other processors and provide you with an opportunity to object.
  • We will share your personal information with third parties where required by law, where it is necessary to administer the working relationship with you or where we have another legitimate interest in doing so. For example, we will share payroll information with HMRC and with pension providers. And we may also share, upon request, your payroll and employment information, including payslips, with your agency and end hirer (if applicable).
  • When we ask other giant entities to process your data outside the United Kingdom and outside the European Union, we will:
    • Ensure that such giant companies process personal data using the same systems, procedures and policies as those used by Giant and all other giant companies based in the United Kingdom. Your personal data will be protected by the same technical and organisational measures as we use in the United Kingdom;
    • Manage, control and oversee the work done by such giant companies to ensure compliance with these safeguards;
    • Ensure that processing of personal data by such giant companies is performed subject to a contract with Giant, or any other UK based giant company, that includes the provisions required by Article 28(3) of the General Data Protection Regulation.
  • We have put in place measures to protect the security of your information. Details of these measures are available upon request.
  • Third parties will only process your personal information on our instructions and where they have agreed to treat the information confidentially and to keep it secure.
  • We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal information to those employees, agents, contractors and other third parties who have a business need to know. They will only process your personal information on our instructions and they are subject to a duty of confidentiality.
  • We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where we are legally required to do so.
How long will you use my information for?
  • We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting, or reporting requirements. To determine the appropriate retention period for personal data, we consider the amount, nature, and sensitivity of the personal data, the potential risk of harm from unauthorised use or disclosure of your personal data, the purposes for which we process your personal data and whether we can achieve those purposes through other means, and the applicable legal requirements.
Your duty to inform us of changes
  • It is important that the personal information we hold about you is accurate and current. Please keep us informed if your personal information changes during your working relationship with us.
Your rights in connection with personal information
  • Under certain circumstances, by law, and subject always to our statutory obligations, you have the right to:
    • Request access to your personal information (commonly known as a “data subject access request”). This enables you to receive a copy of the personal information we hold about you and to check that we are lawfully processing it.
    • Request correction of the personal information that we hold about you. This enables you to have any incomplete or inaccurate information we hold about you corrected.
    • Request erasure of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to delete or remove personal information where there is no good reason for us continuing to process it. You also have the right to ask us to delete or remove your personal information where you have exercised your right to object to processing (see below).
    • Object to processing of your personal information where we are relying on a legitimate interest (or those of a third party) and there is something about your particular situation which makes you want to object to processing on this ground. You also have the right to object where we are processing your personal information for direct marketing purposes which is covered under a separate consent form that we provide for you to accept (or not).
    • Request the restriction of processing of your personal information. This enables you to ask us to suspend the processing of personal information about you, for example if you want us to establish its accuracy or the reason for processing it.
    • Request the transfer of your personal information to another party.
  • If you want to review, verify, correct or request erasure of your personal information, object to the processing of your personal data, or request that we transfer a copy of your personal information to another party, please contact your Support Team/Manager in writing.
No fee usually required
  • You will not have to pay a fee to access your personal information (or to exercise any of the other rights). However, we may charge a reasonable fee if your request for access is clearly unfounded or excessive. Alternatively, we may refuse to comply with the request in such circumstances.
What we may need from you
  • We may need to request specific information from you to help us confirm your identity and ensure your right to access the information (or to exercise any of your other rights). This is another appropriate security measure to ensure that personal information is not disclosed to any person who has no right to receive it.
  • In the limited circumstances where you may have provided your consent to the collection, processing and transfer of your personal information for a specific purpose, you have the right to withdraw your consent for that specific processing at any time. To withdraw your consent, please contact your Support Team/Manager. Once we have received notification that you have withdrawn your consent, we will no longer process your information for the purpose or purposes you originally agreed to, unless we have another legitimate basis for doing so in law.
  • We reserve the right to update this privacy notice at any time, and we will provide you with a new privacy notice when we make any substantial updates. We may also notify you in other ways from time to time about the processing of your personal information.

If you have any questions about this privacy notice, please contact your Support Team/Manager.