Becoming GDPR Compliant – Step 4 of 12

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The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is less than a year away. Yet, there still seems to be some way to go for most companies affected to achieve compliance with the new regulations. The first week of each month, HireRight releases another step in the “12 Steps to GDPR Compliance” blog series, aimed at addressing some key issues that are closely related to the HireRight services.

Step one in the blog series covered candidate consent and information notices. Consent is not only vital to HireRight’s service but also on the route to compliance. If you haven’t already, read Step 1 here to make sure you are up to speed on how to obtain consent, what that consent needs to contain, and what it means in the context of employment. Step two looked at data mapping – how to do it, how HireRight supports your efforts, and additional benefits of data mapping. Step three answered the question, “Will consumer access rights become standard under the GDPR?”

Now it’s time to continue the journey with Step 4 on the road to GDPR compliance:

The “Right To Be Forgotten”

What is the “right to be forgotten”?

Article 17 of the GDPR contains the right for data to be erased: otherwise known as “the right to be forgotten.” The principle behind this, as stated by the UK Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO), is to “enable an individual to request the deletion or removal of their personal data where there is no compelling reason for its continued processing.”

In Step 4, you will learn:

1. When does the “right to be forgotten” apply?

2. When could the “right to be forgotten” arise in connection with employment background screening?

3. Can a background screening supplier and its client comply with a “right to be forgotten”?

4. What does the “right to be forgotten” mean for background screening?

Click to read the full blog on our EMEA site

Did you miss a previous step? Read it here:

Step 1 – Candidate consent and information notices

Step 2 – Follow the Yellow Brick Road (a.k.a. Data Mapping)

Step 3 – Subject Access Requests

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Caroline Smith

Caroline is a UK qualified lawyer with over 17 years’ experience and currently serves as HireRight’s Deputy General Counsel for the EMEA and APAC regions. When not “lawyering” or writing blogs, Caroline can be found striking yoga poses in remote locations such as Mongolia and Bhutan.

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