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Employee Selection Data Protection

Updated on 22/09/2022

When we refer to “Personal Data” in this Data Protection Statement we mean any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person (‘Data Subject’); an identifiable natural person is one who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that natural person.


This Employee Selection Data Protection Statement sets out specific information relating to candidates applying for temporary, permanent and intern positions in Atlantia (referred to as “Candidates”).

We treat the protection of your personal data seriously and when we collect and process your Personal Data, we will do so in accordance with the GDPR and relevant local data protection laws (the “Data Protection Laws”).

About us

This Data Protection Statement applies to the following companies in the Atlantia Group:

  • Atlantia Food Clinical Trials Limited- Floor 1, Heron House, Blackpool, Cork, T23 R50R, Ireland
  • Atlantia Food Clinical Trials Inc-142. E. Ontario Suite 1200, Chicago 60611, Illinois, USA

References to “we”, “us” and “Atlantia” shall apply to the company in the group that is processing your Personal Data.

We are a world-class provider of human clinical studies. We are a full-service, Contract Research Organisation (CRO). We deliver human clinical studies in the following areas; functional foods and beverages, ingredients, supplements, prebiotics, probiotics and microbiome-based therapeutics and cosmeceuticals.

This Data Protection Statement describes how we process Personal Data to recruit prospective permanent and temporary employees to open positions in our company.  It includes detailed information about the types of Personal Data that we process and how we use, manage and protect that Personal Data.

Contact details

We have appointed a Data Protection Officer.  If you have any questions about this Data Protection Statement or the way in which your Personal Data is being used by us, please contact:

Data Protection Officer
Floor 1, Heron House, Blackpool, Cork, T23 R50R, Ireland,
Telephone:  +353 (0)21 430 7442

Our website is:

Who this data protection statement applies to?

This Data Protection Statement provides specific information relating to the Candidates applying for jobs at Atlantia whose Personal Data we process.
If you are not a Candidate, you will find further information about the processing of Personal Data for other individuals in the following Data Protection statements:

  • Our Volunteer Data Protection Statement describes how we process personal data of volunteers in clinical trials.
  • Our General Data Protection Statement describes how we process personal data of all individuals who are not volunteers on our clinical trials or Candidates including business contacts, sponsors, suppliers and visitors to our website.

Sources of candidate data

We receive Personal Data about Candidates from a variety of sources. Usually, Candidates provide us with certain information directly, for example, when the Candidate sends us their CV, applies directly for a position advertised on the Atlantia website, or interacts with our communications (e.g. websites and advertisements).
We may also receive Personal Data about a Candidate when:

  • the Candidate applies to a position advertised on a third-party job’s website;
  • the Candidate may be sourced from publicly accessible platforms such as LinkedIn;
  • the Candidate may be sourced from third party CV providers such as jobs websites that provide CV search facilities and where users have made their CV data available to registered customers of these sites; and
  • the Candidate’s nominated referees or other individuals may provide us with Personal Data relating to the Candidates.

Categories of candidate personal data

The table below sets out the general categories of Personal Data that we collect in relation to Candidates:

Personal Data Category Description
Contact Data may include: home address, work address, email address, phone number, online communication id (e.g skype)
Identification Data may include: name, date of birth, (copy of or details from) driving license, passport, birth certificate, member ID, identification card, photograph, employment visa
Professional Data may include: profession, company, department, employment history, skills/ experience, membership of professional bodies
Education Data may include: degrees, certificates and diplomas awarded, languages, educational history, qualifications
CV Data may include: Contact Data, Identification Data, Professional Data, Education Data, Application Data
Application Data may include: information provided as part of an application for a permanent or contract position such as Contact Data, Identification Data, Professional Data, Education Data, CV Data and information about achievements and hobbies
Financial Data may include: payment and bank details, tax information, social security and salary expectations
Test Data may include: test answers and results for any job application
Health Data may include: health information including information about any disability or illness
Media Data may include: video data and recordings from any interview with the Candidates including, Contact Data, Professional Data, Education Data, Health Data, Application Data and Communications Data
Legal Data may include: criminal record and credit checks undertaken where required as part of the application process
Position Data may include: information on salary/rate of pay, working hours and job description
Emergency Contact Data may include: the name and contact details provided by Candidates in case of an emergency
Communications Data may include: communications with us over email, text, phone or letter
Marketing Data may include: Contact Data and any preferences in receiving marketing from us and your communication preferences
Web Data may include: information provided on any forms on our website and, to the extent that it includes Personal Data, information on the type of device you are using, its IP address, operating system, referral source, length of visit, page views and website navigation paths, as well as information about the timing, frequency and pattern of your service use

We process all Personal Data lawfully and in accordance with the requirements of the law. The GDPR sets out the legal grounds for processing Personal Data.
When Atlantia processes Personal Data of Contacts it is generally on one of the following legal basis:

We will process Personal Data where necessary to perform our obligations relating to or in accordance with any contract that we may have with you or to take steps at your request prior to entering into that contract (e.g. our Clinical Trial Agreement);

For certain processing activities we may rely on your consent.
Where we are unable to collect consent for a particular processing activity, we will only process the Personal Data if we have another lawful basis for doing so.
You can withdraw consent provided by you at any time by contacting us at

At times we will need to process your Personal Data to pursue our legitimate business interests, for example for administrative purposes, to collect debts owing to us, to provide information to you, to expand our business opportunities, to operate, evaluate, maintain, develop and improve our websites and services or to maintain their security and protect intellectual property rights.  

We will not process your Personal Data on a legitimate interest basis where the impact of the processing on your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms outweigh our legitimate interests.
You may object to any processing we undertake on this basis. If you do not want us to process your Personal Data on the basis of our legitimate interests, contact us at and we will review our processing activities.

If we have a legal obligation to process Personal Data, such as the payment of taxes, we will process Personal Data on this legal ground.

Our processing activities

We use your Personal Data to provide you with our services and to assist us in the operation of our business.  Under data protection law, we must ensure that the purpose of processing is clear. We have set out below the general purpose of processing, the categories of Personal Data processed and the related lawful basis for processing.

Purpose/Activity Type of Personal Data Lawful basis for processing 
Candidate Sourcing 
  • to advertise roles on our website
  • to create a record/file for the Candidate on our system and to associate all notes and tracking throughout the interview, and onboarding process
  • to keep up to date information about   Candidates in relation to their requirements, in order to assess their suitability for current or future vacancies
  • to maintain our database
  • screening and identification of Candidates for available positions
  • to communicate with Candidates about positions that might be of interest to them
  • to receive and review Candidates applications
  • to understand current and expected salary, notice period and availability
  • to undertake profiling for the purposes of semi-automated or manual decision making about Candidates.
  • Identification Data
  • CV Data
  • Communications Data
  • Application Data
  • Marketing Data
  • Web Data
  • Legitimate interest
  • Consent
Job Applications
  • responding to Candidates queries
  • receiving and reviewing applications received from Candidates directly
  • communications with Candidates re application
  • setting up interviews with the Candidate
  • Identification Data
  • Contact data
  • CV Data
  • Communications Data
  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest
Job Interview 
  • to arrange and undertake interview
  • recording notes of Interview
  • to communicate with the Candidates following interview
  • Identification Data
  • Contact Data
  • Test Data
  • CV Data
  • Communications Data
  • Media Data
  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest
Candidate Screening
  • to identify if the Candidate is fit to work
  • to assess the Candidate working capacity
  • Identification Data
  • Contact Data
  • CV Data
  • Health Data
  • Test Data
  • Consent
Candidate Finance Activities
  • to ensure salary expectations are met
  • to remunerate Candidate for interview / travel expenses
  • Identification data
  • Contact Data
  • Position Data
  • Financial Data
  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest
  • Contract
Candidate IT Activities
  • back-up and storage of Candidate data
  • to make improvements and efficiencies in the employee selection process
  • Contact Data
  • Identification Data
  • Professional Data
  • Education Data
  • Communications Data
  • Marketing Data
  • Web Data
  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest
Website Delivery 
  • to respond to web forms completed by Candidates;
  • to administer the Website; 
  • for internal operations, including support, troubleshooting, data analysis, testing, research, statistical and survey purposes
  • to ensure the safety and security of our website and our services.
  • Identification Data
  • Contact Data
  • Web Data
  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest
Marketing activities
  • to respond to any requests from Candidates
  • to send newsletters and other information that may be of interest
  • to participate in employee selection conferences, seminars, events 
  • to personalise marketing information
  • to segment and distribute targeted marketing
  • Identification Data
  • Contact Data
  • Marketing Data
  • Web Data
  • Consent
  • Legitimate Interest

Disclosure of personal data

Personal Data is shared in certain circumstances as follows:

  • to business partners and sub-contractors to deliver our employee selection activities including email, chat, ticketing, applicant tracking systems and hosting service providers
  • for the purposes of third-party screening and verification, if applicable, including doctors or testing companies (for example, criminal record checks / pre-employment screening services and assessments)    
  • to other companies in the Atlantia group of companies including the affiliated companies documented in this Data Protection Statement for the purposes of administration
  • to any party acquiring an interest in Atlantia
  • to tax, audit or other authorities, if we are under a duty to disclose or share Personal Data in order to comply with any legal obligation or in order to enforce or apply any contract that we have
  • to official authorities to protect our rights, property, or safety, or those of other persons (including you)
  • to providers of services to Atlantia including IT consultants and hosting companies, marketing, legal and finance
  • to analytics and search engine providers that assist us in the improvement and optimisation of our website. This consists of information relating to the web pages visited on the Website and tracking codes from service providers like LinkedIn and Google
  • to Atlantia insurance brokers and providers where required for administering claims
  • to our email distribution partner and service providers in the case of newsletters

Security measures

We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that all Personal Data is treated securely in accordance with this Data Protection Statement and the relevant law, including the GDPR.

In particular, we have put in place appropriate technical and organisational procedures to safeguard and secure the Personal Data we process.

We monitor for and do everything we can to prevent security breaches of the Personal Data that we process.

Once we have received your Personal Data, we will use strict procedures and security features for the purpose of preventing unauthorised access and ensuring that only those who need to have access to your Personal Data can access it.

We also use secure connections to protect Personal Data during its transmission.

If you think that there has been any loss or unauthorised access to Personal Data of any individual, please let us know immediately.

Transfers outside the EEA

To provide our products and services we may need to transfer Personal Data outside the European Economic Area (EEA). We ensure that any transfer of Personal Data outside the EEA is undertaken using legally compliant transfer mechanisms and in accordance with the GDPR.

If we transfer Personal Data outside of the EEA, we generally rely on the Standard Contractual Clauses under Article 46.2 of the GDPR adopted by the EU Commission. We may also rely on some of the other legally compliant transfer mechanisms provided under the GDPR.


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Use of third-party websites

Websites that you access via a link on the Atlantia website are outside our control and are not covered by this Data Protection Statement. If you access other websites using the links provided, the operators of these websites may collect Personal Data from you, which will be used by them in accordance with their own Data Protection Statements, which may differ from ours. Please check the Data Protection Statements on those websites before you submit any Personal Data to them.


We only keep your Personal Data if it is necessary for the purposes of processing it or to comply with legal or regulatory requirements. Our retention policy is as follows:

Purpose/Activity Type of Personal Data
Job Applications Duration of campaign +18 months
Candidate Interview Duration of campaign +18 months
Candidate Expense Reimbursement Duration of campaign +18 months ;

In some circumstances it is not possible for us to specify in advance the period for which we will retain your Personal Data. In such cases we will determine the appropriate retention period based on our purpose for processing the Personal Data.  We may also retain certain Personal Data beyond the periods specified herein in some circumstances such as where required for the purposes of legal claims.  We may also delete Personal Data earlier than the specified Retention Period where the Personal Data is no longer required for the purpose.

Your rights

You have various rights relating to how your Personal Data is used.

Right of access to the Personal Data we hold about you
You have the right to ask for all the Personal Data we have about you. When we receive a request from you in writing, we must give you access to everything we have recorded about you as well as details of the processing, the categories of Personal Data concerned and the recipients of the Personal Data.
We will provide the first copy of your Personal Data free of charge, but we may charge you a reasonable fee for any additional copies.
We cannot give you access to a copy of your Personal Data in some limited cases including where this might adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

Right of rectification of Personal Data
You should let us know if there is something inaccurate in your Personal Data.
We may not always be able to change or remove that Personal Data, but we will correct factual inaccuracies and may include your comments in the record to show that you disagree with it.  

Right of erasure of Personal Data (right to be forgotten)
In some circumstances you can ask for your Personal Data to be deleted, for example, where:

  • your Personal Data is no longer needed for the reason that it was collected in the first place
  • you have removed your consent for us to use your Personal Data (where there is no other lawful basis for us to use it)
  • there is no lawful basis for the use of your Personal Data
  • deleting the Personal Data is a legal requirement

Where your Personal Data has been shared with others, we will do what we can to make sure those using your Personal Data comply with your request for erasure.
Please note that we cannot delete your Personal Data where:

  • we are required to have it by law
  • it is used for freedom of expression
  • it is used for public health purposes
  • it is used for scientific or historical research or statistical purposes where deleting the Personal Data would make it difficult or impossible to achieve the objectives of the processing
  • it is necessary for legal claims.

Right to restrict what we use your Personal Data for
You have the right to ask us to restrict what we use your Personal Data for where:

  • you have identified inaccurate Personal Data, and have told us of it
  • where we have no legal reason to use the Personal Data, but you want us to restrict what we use it for rather than erase the Personal Data altogether

When Personal Data is restricted, it cannot be used other than to securely store the Personal Data and with your consent to handle legal claims and protect others, or where it’s for important public interests.

Right to have your Personal Data moved to another provider (data portability)
You have the right to ask for your Personal Data to be given back to you or another service provider of your choice in a commonly used format. This is called data portability.
This right only applies if we are using your Personal Data with consent and if decisions were made by a computer and not a human being. It does not apply where it would adversely affect the rights and freedoms of others.

Right to object
You have the right to object to processing of your Personal Data which is based on public interest or legitimate interest processing.  We will no longer process the Personal Data unless we can demonstrate a compelling ground for the processing.

Right not to be subject to automated decision-making
You have the right not to be subject to a decision based solely on automated processing.  This right shall not apply where the processing is necessary for a contract with you, or the processing is undertaken with your explicit consent, or the processing is authorised by law.

You can make a complaint
You have the right to lodge a complaint with the local supervisory authority for data protection in the EU member state where you usually reside, where you work or where you think an infringement of data protection law took place.

Amendments to this data protection statement

We will post any changes on the Website and when doing so will change the effective date at the top of this Data Protection Statement.  Please make sure to check the date when you use our services to see if there have been any changes since you last used those services.

In some cases, we may provide you with additional notice of changes to this Data Protection Statement, such as via email. We will always provide you with any notice in advance of the changes taking effect where we consider the changes to be material.

Questions or complaints

Thank you for reading our Employee Selection Data Protection Statement. Please contact us  if you have any questions.

If we are unable to resolve your concerns, you have the right to contact the supervisory authority in the country where you live or work, or where you consider that the data protection rules have been breached

Online Form:
Address: 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2, D02 RD28, Ireland
Tel: +353 578 684 800 or +353 761 104 800

Data Protection Contact
Data Protection Contact

We have appointed a Data protection Officer

If you have any questions about this data protection statement or in the way your data is being used by us please contact: 

Data Protection Team