This notice (Notice) describes how GE and its subsidiaries and related companies (collectively, GE) handle and protect data to which GE is provided access in connection with the recruiting process.
By making available your Candidate Data, as defined below, you confirm that:
- You have reviewed this Notice and agree that GE may process your Candidate Data in accordance with this Notice;
- You have provided any notices and obtained any consents needed to provide information concerning others (e.g., information about employment references); and
- Your Candidate Data may be transferred and processed worldwide, including the US and other countries that may not be deemed to provide the same level of data protection as your home country, for the purposes and in the manner specified in this Notice.
GE will process Candidate Data in accordance with this Notice, unless in conflict with requirements of applicable law, in which case applicable law will prevail.
Your consent to the provisions of this Notice is required in order to submit or make available Candidate Data. If you decline to submit or make available your Candidate Data, it may affect your ability to apply for or receive an offer of employment.
This Notice does not form part of any contract of employment offered to candidates hired by GE.
Candidate Data is identifiable information that an individual makes available to GE in connection with the recruiting process. GE may collect Candidate Data directly from a job candidate or from third parties, for example, in connection with a background or employment check or employment reference, subject to your consent where required by law. Candidate Data may include a variety of information, such as candidate status, work history/job data, education, compensation, employer feedback, questionnaire results, contact information, previous addresses or names, additional information provided by the candidate (e.g., a cover letter), driver’s license number as required for certain positions, references, and criminal history where permitted by law.
Processing refers to any action performed on Candidate Data, such as collecting, recording, organizing, storing, transferring, modifying, using, disclosing, or deleting.
Sensitive Candidate Data is Candidate Data concerning nationality or citizenship, race or ethnic origin, criminal history, or trade union membership. GE does not request or consider information concerning religion, sex life or political opinions in connection with recruiting.
You may use various electronic and paper methods to submit Candidate Data to GE. You agree that, in addition to collecting Candidate Data directly from you, GE may collect Candidate Data from third parties, for example, from recruiters, in connection with a background or employment check or an employment reference (subject to your consent where required by law) or, to the extent permitted by law, from a recruiting or other web site.
Processing and Retention
GE processes Candidate Data for legitimate human resources and business management purposes. These include identifying and evaluating candidates for GE positions; record-keeping related to hiring processes; analyzing the hiring process and outcomes; and conducting background checks, where permitted by law. In addition, Candidate Data may be used to comply with GE’s legal, regulatory and corporate governance requirements. If a candidate is hired, Candidate Data may be used in connection with his/her employment consistent with GE’s employment data protection policies.
In addition to using Candidate Data for the position for which you have applied, GE may retain and use your Candidate Data to consider you for other positions. If you do not want to be considered for other positions or would like to have your Candidate Data removed, you may contact GE as specified under Inquiries, Complaints and Objections below. Unless required for tax or other legal purposes or in connection with employment as specified above, Candidate Data will be retained for a maximum of three years (or less where required by law).
Sharing with Third Parties
GE may transfer Candidate Data to external third-party providers performing certain services for GE. Such third-party providers have access to Candidate Data solely for the purposes of performing the services specified in the applicable service contract, and GE requires the providers to undertake security measures consistent with the protections specified in this Notice.
GE may be required to disclose certain Candidate Data to other third parties (1) as required by law; (2) to protect GE’s legal rights to the extent authorized or permitted by law; or (3) in an emergency where the health or safety of a candidate or other individual may be endangered. In addition, in the event of a re-organization, merger, sale, joint venture, assignment, or other transfer or disposition of all or any portion of GE’s business, GE may transfer Candidate Data to successor entities or parties.
International Data Transfers
GE operates globally in over 160 countries. Accordingly, Candidate Data may be transferred to and processed in the US and other countries that may not be deemed to provide the same level of data protection as your home country. GE maintains and applies employment data protection standards consistent with those specified in this Notice to its operations globally. Additionally, GE has entered into Binding Corporate Rules governing its treatment of personal information of European Union residents. Further information about GE’s Binding Corporate Rules is available here.
Sensitive Candidate Data
GE may perform background and criminal checks where permitted by law, and may process other Sensitive Candidate Data, such as citizenship or nationality information or health information, when relevant for a position and permitted by law. If GE intends to collect Sensitive Personal Data from third parties, you will be provided notice and the opportunity to consent. If you have a disability and would like GE to consider an accommodation, you may provide that information during the recruiting process. To the extent you make Sensitive Candidate Data available to GE, you consent to GE processing such Data in accordance with this Notice.
Security and Confidentiality
GE employs technical and organizational measures designed to protect the integrity, confidentiality, security and availability of Candidate Data, and to comply with applicable legal requirements for information security. GE limits access to internal systems that hold Candidate Data to individuals who need access for a legitimate business purpose.
You may exercise the following rights in relation to your Candidate Data:
Access, Correction and Deletion: GE will provide you access to your Candidate Data that GE holds to the extent required by law in your home country, regardless of the location of the Candidate Data processing. You may request correction or deletion of that Candidate Data, except where retention is required by your contractual relationship with GE, in the context of a legal dispute, or as otherwise required by law. If access, correction or deletion is denied, the reason for the denial will be communicated to you.
Automated Decisions: GE generally does not make recruiting or hiring decisions based solely on automated decision-making within the meaning of the EU Data Protection Directive. In the event that GE relies solely on automated decision-making that could have a significant impact on you, GE will provide you an opportunity to express your views and will provide any other safeguards required by law.
Inquiries, Complaints and Objections: You may withdraw consent to the processing of your Candidate Data or submit inquiries, complaints and/or objections to the processing of your Candidate Data by sending a request in writing to: Human Resources Data Protection Administrator, 33-41 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA 02210; by email at EmpDataPvcy@corporate.ge.com. The processes described in this Notice supplement any other remedies and dispute resolution processes provided by GE and/or available under applicable law.
GE will not use Candidate Data to offer you any products or services for personal or family consumption (“direct marketing”) or provide Candidate Data to third parties for their direct marketing. These restrictions do not apply to contact or other personal data obtained in the context of a customer, consumer or other non-employment relationship with GE.
Changes to this Notice
GE reserves the right to modify this Notice by posting changes to relevant GE websites. If you submit additional Candidate Data or request to be considered for a GE position following the effective date of a modified Notice, your Candidate Data will be handled in accordance with the Notice in effect at that time.
Effective Date: September 14, 2015