Privacy Law for Recruitment: Presentation from Peter Karcher of Clarke Kann

Brett Iredale
4 Nov
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“Australian Privacy Policy is not about what you can’t do, it’s about what you CAN do.” – Peter Karcher, Clarke Kann

When it comes to recruiting, information is everything. Social media, job applicants and referrals provide an invaluable source of information for a recruitment strategy.

But what exactly can you do with information collected during a candidate search? For many recruiters, the Privacy Policy can be a confusing subject.

That’s why 30 recruiters headed to JobAdder headquarters in Sydney to hear Clarke Kann’s own Peter Karcher discuss the Australian Privacy Policy and regulations. From the Privacy Act 1988 to Spam Act 2003, Peter covered a wide range of topics related to the Privacy Law for Recruitment and HR Professionals.

Here are a few tips to help you make sure you are following the privacy policy laws in Australia.

Know When to Collect Solicited Information: Only collect sensitive information if the individual consents and is reasonably necessary for your functions of activities.

Clearly Notify Candidates: Are you notifying candidates that you’re collecting information? This can be verbal, after communicating via email or LinkedIn and should include the purpose of collection.

Collection from Public Sources (aka social media): The Privacy Policy doesn’t prohibit the collection of information, per se. However, it’s important to apply the same notification requirements when collecting information.

For more questions about Privacy Policy and Regulations in Australian, contact ClarkeKann for more questions, or, download a copy of the presentation’s notes.

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