Who is Definia and what do we do?

Definia is an expert advisory and delivery partner that offers tailored services to transform and future-proof businesses from across industry sectors. Definia is part of the Investigo group.

Operating as advisors across the private and public sectors, we deploy teams of subject matter experts to help our clients deliver business initiatives, adopt new technology and bring about transformation.

Definia selects and engages its own teams of consultants to provide Definia’s consultancy services as well as other professional and administrative staff to support, advise and structure such services.

Our legal entity is listed below:

CountryLegal entityCorrespondence address
United KingdomInvestigo Limited10 Bishops Square, London, England, E1 6EG
How do we collect and use your personal data?

The following include the different sources from which we may collect your personal data: 

Directly from you. 

For example:

  • the information you provide after us if we contacted you/ your organisation
  • the information provided to us during the different stages of the recruitment process. 

From an agent/third party acting on your behalf. 

For example:

  • our candidate.

Through (publicly) available sources. 

For example: 

  • LinkedIn 
  • Cognism
  • Job Boards
  • CV databases
  • Your organisation’s website

By reference or word of mouth. 

For example:

  • you may be recommended by a friend, a former employer, a former colleague or even a present employer.

If you want to know how we acquired your details, please speak to your recruitment consultant or email GDPR@investigo.co.uk

How long do we keep your personal data for?

We hold your data on file for as long as the business relationship endures, and your details remain relevant to that business relationship. We would keep your personal data for a maximum of 2 years after our last contact with you. If no meaningful contact has been made with you for a 2-year period, we will delete your data from our systems unless we are under a legal obligation to keep your data for a longer period of time.  

Examples of “meaningful contact” includes (but is not necessarily limited to):

  • When we obtain your details via a third-party company (such as a CV database), meaningful contact is defined as any verbal or written communication between us and yourself;
  • If there is two-way communication via verbal or written communication or through any of our marketing communications, we will also consider this to be meaningful contact. 

As outlined above, please note that there can be other legal reasons that can restrict us from deleting your personal data. See two (non-exhaustive) examples below:

  • Definia has entered into a transaction with your business and therefore needs to keep records on file in accordance with the relevant statutory notice period.
  • Also, and where applicable, under the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003, we must retain evidence of an introduction or supply for at least one year from the last activity e.g. interview, introduction or engagement.

We may also be under a duty to disclose or share or retain your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation, to defend our business against a legal claim, to enforce or apply our standard terms of business or other agreements or to protect the rights, property or safety of Definia, our customers or other parties.

Why do we process your personal data?

We retain records of our dealings and transactions with you and where applicable, we use such records for the purposes of:

  • establishing compliance with contractual or legal obligations;
  • business development;
  • addressing any query or dispute that may arise (including establishing, exercising or defending any legal claims);
  • protecting our reputation;
  • maintaining a backup of our systems, with the purpose of being able to restore them to a particular point in the event of a system failure or security breach;
  • evaluating quality and compliance (including compliance with this Privacy Policy);
  • providing you with networking opportunities, market insights and industry information.
Will we use your personal data for automated processing?

We will not conduct any forms of automated processing of your personal data consisting of the use of personal data to evaluate certain personal aspects relating to you.

We will not analyse or predict aspects concerning your performance at work, economic situation, health, personal preferences, interests, reliability, behaviour, location or movements. Furthermore, we will not make decisions that are based solely on automated processing which produces legal effects or similarly significantly affects your rights.

What legal bases do we have for processing your personal data?

If we process your personal data, we mostly rely on the following legal bases:

Legal basisExample
Legitimate interestAdding your details to our database and contacting you from time to time to discuss current business affairs and potential opportunities for your business

Sending emails for marketing purposes (existing clients).
ContractSigning an agreement with your organisation.
Legal obligationWhere applicable, under the Conduct of Employment Agencies and Employment Businesses Regulations 2003, we must retain evidence of an introduction or supply for at least one year from the last activity e.g., interview, introduction, or engagement.
ConsentSending emails for marketing purposes (prospective clients).

The legal basis on which we usually rely for processing your information will be our legitimate interests. We have carried out a Legitimate Interest Assessment which is available upon request. As part of this Legitimate Interest Assessment (‘LIA’), a “balancing test” is carried out to ensure that our processing is necessary and that your fundamental rights of privacy are not outweighed by our legitimate interests. We maintain a record of these balancing tests and may request a copy of the LIA by contacting GDPR@investigo.co.uk

Will you be receiving marketing emails, and can you opt out of these?

If you are a representative working for one of our new clients, we would ask for your consent if we were intending to send you Marketing related emails.

If you are a representative who works for one of our existing clients, then we may market relevant products and services to you unless you inform us of your wish to opt out (which you are entitled to do at any stage).

Do we transfer your personal data outside the EEA?

As our servers are based in the United Kingdom, your personal data is shared, stored and processed outside the European Economic Area (EEA).

We will however only transfer your data outside the EEA to countries which the European Commission believes offer an adequate level of protection to you or where appropriate safeguards have been put in place to preserve the privacy of your data. 

​If you need to see a copy of the relevant Standard Contractual Clauses signed by our UK and US office, please contact GDPR@investigo.co.uk.

What are your rights?

By law, you have a number of rights when it comes to your Personal Data. These rights can be summarised as follows: right to be informed, right of access, right to rectification, right to erasure/to be forgotten, right to restrict processing, right to data portability, right to object and rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling. Further information and advice about your rights can be obtained from the Information Commissioner’s Office. .

You are entitled to lodge a so-called Subject Access Request (‘SAR’). The type of SARs are outlined below:

What rights do you have in relation to the data we hold on you?
RightsWhat does this mean?
1.    The right to be informed You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your information and your rights. This is why we are providing you with the information in this Data Processing Notice.
2.    The right of accessYou have the right to obtain access to your information (if we are processing it), and certain other information (similar to that provided in this Privacy Policy). If you would like to make a request for information, please contact GDPR@investigo.co.uk.

This is so you are aware and can check that we are using your information in accordance with the GDPR.
3.    The right to rectificationYou are entitled to have your information corrected if it is inaccurate or incomplete.
4.    The right to erasureThis is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your information where there is no compelling reason for us to keep using it. This is not a general right to erasure; there are exceptions.
5.    The right to restrict processingYou have the right to ‘block’ or suppress further use of your information. When processing is restricted, we can still store your information, but cannot use it further. We keep encrypted lists of people who have asked for further use of their information to be ‘blocked’ to make sure the restriction is respected in future.
6.    The right to data portabilityYou have the right to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services. For example, if you decide to switch to a new provider, this enables you to move, copy or transfer your information easily between our IT system and theirs safely and securely, without affecting its usability.
7.    The right to object to processingYou have the right to object to certain types of processing, including processing for direct marketing (e.g., if you no longer want to be contacted regarding potential opportunities).
8.    The right to lodge a complaintYou have the right to lodge a complaint about the way we handle or process your personal data with the ICO https://ico.org.uk.
9.    The right to withdraw consentIf you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal data with your consent up to that point is unlawful). This includes your right to withdraw consent to us using your personal data for marketing purposes.

We will respond any request within 1 month (this can be extended to 2 months in exceptional circumstances). However, where requests are manifestly unfounded or excessive in particular because of its repetitive character, we may refuse to act upon your request. If this happens then we will inform you within one month of about the possibility of lodging a complaint with a supervisory authority (in the UK this will be the ICO: www.ICO.org.uk) or seeking a judicial remedy.

The fact that you lodge a SAR does not necessarily mean that we will grant your request in every instance especially if we have good reasons to retain your personal data. We will always give reasons if we decline your request.

Please note that should we receive any requests from you to erase personal data or stop processing your information, we may retain a record of such requests as well as the actions taken by us. This will serve as both evidence of our compliance to your request as well as enable us to take steps to curtail any future processing of your data should it be received again from a third-party source. 

Is your personal data safely secured?

We take all reasonable steps to ensure that your personal data is adequately secured. We’re delighted to have been awarded ISO 27001 certification for the quality of our information security, following an independent audit by certification body QMS International.

ISO 27001 is an international standard laying out the specifications for implementing an information security management system. Certification demonstrates that our organisation has invested in the people, processes, and technology to protect our data and provides an independent, expert assessment of whether our data is sufficiently protected. We use market suppliers such as Bullhorn, Microsoft market, Broadbean, Cube 19 and ETZ all of which are leading and up-to-date technologies.

What do you need to do if you want to file a complaint?

If you are based in the UK and are unhappy about any aspect of the way in which your Personal Data is processed by us, in the first instance please contact us at GDPR@investigo.co.uk. This does not affect your right to make a complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office https://ico.org.uk

If you are based in the EU and are unhappy about any aspect of the way in which your Personal Data is processed by us, in the first instance please contact us at GDPR@investigo.co.uk or call our EU representative:

David Korthals-Clarke, Head of Compliance | +31 20 809 0266

What happens if we make changes to this Data Processing Notice?

It is important to note that we may amend this Data Processing Notice from time to time. Please visit this page if you want to stay up to date as we will post any changes here. 

Last updated: November 2021

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