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    • beckysheffield
    • By beckysheffield 4th Jul 18, 10:53 PM
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    Proof of address - bank statement
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    • 4th Jul 18, 10:53 PM
    Proof of address - bank statement 4th Jul 18 at 10:53 PM
    I have to give a job Iím interviewing at my bank statement for proof of address. I donít have a drivers and can only use what I have...

    Can I blank out my balance? How it is their business what money I have

    Also can I do the same for my utility bill - account number.

    Surely this breaches the current data protection stuff?
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    • campbell19925
    • By campbell19925 4th Jul 18, 10:56 PM
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    • 4th Jul 18, 10:56 PM
    I have to give a job Iím interviewing at my bank statement for proof of address. I donít have a drivers and can only use what I have...

    Can I blank out my balance? How it is their business what money I have

    Also can I do the same for my utility bill - account number.

    Surely this breaches the current data protection stuff?
    Originally posted by beckysheffield
    If you work for them you have to give your national insurance number, address, bank details etc. Why would they care about your account number of your utility bill?

    As for the balance, of course you could blank it out, it's none of their business.
    • Marcon
    • By Marcon 4th Jul 18, 11:46 PM
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    • 4th Jul 18, 11:46 PM
    I have to give a job Iím interviewing at my bank statement for proof of address. I donít have a drivers and can only use what I have...

    Can I blank out my balance? How it is their business what money I have

    Also can I do the same for my utility bill - account number.

    Surely this breaches the current data protection stuff?
    Originally posted by beckysheffield
    No, because they are complying with legislation requiring them to check certain things about potential employees, one of which is proof of your current address.

    They aren't interested in entries on the statement - just the address.
    • beckysheffield
    • By beckysheffield 5th Jul 18, 6:54 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 6:54 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 6:54 AM
    If you work for them you have to give your national insurance number, address, bank details etc. Why would they care about your account number of your utility bill?

    As for the balance, of course you could blank it out, it's none of their business.
    Originally posted by campbell19925
    Because with this current leglisatiom of personal details I donít know why Iím being asked to provide so much with no job offer - itís an interview. I also would like to protect myself from fraud..... one recruitment agent took a photo of my passport on his phone ffs.
    • campbell19925
    • By campbell19925 5th Jul 18, 8:26 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 8:26 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 8:26 AM
    Because with this current leglisatiom of personal details I donít know why Iím being asked to provide so much with no job offer - itís an interview. I also would like to protect myself from fraud..... one recruitment agent took a photo of my passport on his phone ffs.
    Originally posted by beckysheffield
    Thats weird, you implied in the first job you had the job already. I've never heard of giving proof of address etc before you're accepted to the role. I'd just go along with it, and request they destroy your personal information if you dont get the job. They are obligated to do that if you request.
    • Marcon
    • By Marcon 5th Jul 18, 9:31 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 9:31 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 9:31 AM
    Because with this current leglisatiom of personal details I donít know why Iím being asked to provide so much with no job offer - itís an interview. I also would like to protect myself from fraud..... one recruitment agent took a photo of my passport on his phone ffs.
    Originally posted by beckysheffield
    Grow up and do a bit of googling. You will then see how heavy the onus has become on employers to check they aren't employing illegal immigrants (or others who don't have the right to work in the UK), under age kids etc. The logical time to do the initial sift is at interview - or indeed pre-interview - stage.
    • TELLIT01
    • By TELLIT01 5th Jul 18, 11:21 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 11:21 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 11:21 AM
    If all that is required is proof of address, tear the bank statement off above the financial bits and just take the top bit.
    • comeandgo
    • By comeandgo 5th Jul 18, 11:32 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 11:32 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 11:32 AM
    They don't give a hoot how much is in your bank or how much units of electricity you use. Fold the documents so that only your name and address is showing. Use a bit of common sense.
    • beckysheffield
    • By beckysheffield 5th Jul 18, 11:36 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 11:36 AM
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    • 5th Jul 18, 11:36 AM
    Grow up and do a bit of googling. You will then see how heavy the onus has become on employers to check they aren't employing illegal immigrants (or others who don't have the right to work in the UK), under age kids etc. The logical time to do the initial sift is at interview - or indeed pre-interview - stage.
    Originally posted by Marcon
    Grow up?

    My passport states who I am, that legally ok to work in the U.K. This is much harder to forge then a bank statement.

    Itís been the only form of proof Iíve needed for all the other jobs Iíve done <8 years ago.

    Perhaps you need to grow up and stop giving out your information thatís personal to you. GDPR mate.

    You also need to grow up and realize that people who have bills included in their rent, donít have credit cards, donít drive or donít have a passport are all put at a disadvantage.

    Grow up matez
    • beckysheffield
    • By beckysheffield 5th Jul 18, 11:37 AM
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    They don't give a hoot how much is in your bank or how much units of electricity you use. Fold the documents so that only your name and address is showing. Use a bit of common sense.
    Originally posted by comeandgo

    Common sense? They take these original documents from me. Perhaps I would like to keep my bank balance private from my coworkers.

    I also would like such details that can be used for forging identity to be kept with myself because anyone can steal it and get phone contracts etc.
    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 5th Jul 18, 11:43 AM
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    Common sense? They take these original documents from me. Perhaps I would like to keep my bank balance private from my coworkers.

    I also would like such details that can be used for forging identity to be kept with myself because anyone can steal it and get phone contracts etc.
    Originally posted by beckysheffield

    Maybe apply to better companies if you are worried the ones you are applying to will steal your identity.

    You have no credit history, no ones stealing your identity, and if they do they'll be disappointed, matez.
    • sangie595
    • By sangie595 5th Jul 18, 11:45 AM
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    Back to the question. Yes it's legal. You do not have to provide anything, not even a passport. It's entirely up to you. They don't have to employ you, and that's entirely up to them. So they can, if they wish, ask you to stand on your head whilst whistling Yankee Doodle; or to bring a copy of your sheet music for an original composition.

    GDPR is irrelevant - it has no relevance in respect of information that you are asked for by someone, nor whether they have a right to ask for it. You are volunteering to provide that information. So it is only relevant to how they process and store that data after they get it.

    If you don't want to provide the information, don't provide it. Simples.
    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 5th Jul 18, 11:49 AM
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    GDPR is irrelevant - it has no relevance in respect of information that you are asked for by someone, nor whether they have a right to ask for it. You are volunteering to provide that information. So it is only relevant to how they process and store that data after they get it.
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    Originally posted by sangie595
    Quoted for posterity. So sick of ANY data collection being throw around as some huge GDPR breach. We had the data protection act before, its not as if we were all stashing credit card information in our purses and printing out medical history and making flags out of it before GDPR came along and saved us...
    • beckysheffield
    • By beckysheffield 5th Jul 18, 11:50 AM
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    Maybe apply to better companies if you are worried the ones you are applying to will steal your identity.

    You have no credit history, no ones stealing your identity, and if they do they'll be disappointed, matez.
    Originally posted by marliepanda
    I was at a recruitment agent and he took a picture of my passport. You donít think thatís weird?

    I have a credit card and money in the bank.... so I think I do.
    • beckysheffield
    • By beckysheffield 5th Jul 18, 11:52 AM
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    Quoted for posterity. So sick of ANY data collection being throw around as some huge GDPR breach. We had the data protection act before, its not as if we were all stashing credit card information in our purses and printing out medical history and making flags out of it before GDPR came along and saved us...
    Originally posted by marliepanda
    Itís made changes to my present job....
    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 5th Jul 18, 11:54 AM
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    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5855484

    You've had a credit card for all of a month.

    Seriously looking at all your other threads I dont see the point of you posting. You don't take anyones advice, you just get 'sassy' with them when they dont agree with you.

    You didnt have a job a month ago, so Im sure any HUGE GDPR changes that were made between then and now were already in place before you started...
    • pmduk
    • By pmduk 5th Jul 18, 11:57 AM
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    Itís made changes to my present job....
    Originally posted by beckysheffield
    Actual changes? or just made everyone more aware of the risks of breaching data protection basics
    • beckysheffield
    • By beckysheffield 5th Jul 18, 12:07 PM
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    https://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5855484

    You've had a credit card for all of a month.

    Seriously looking at all your other threads I dont see the point of you posting. You don't take anyones advice, you just get 'sassy' with them when they dont agree with you.

    You didnt have a job a month ago, so Im sure any HUGE GDPR changes that were made between then and now were already in place before you started...
    Originally posted by marliepanda
    You can read a sentence without an tone and put on ďsassyĒ.

    I think itís very wise to be cautious about giving away copies of all your ID, donít you?

    I have started back at a company I worked for a few years ago, for quite a number of years. Things have changed.
    • JessyRM
    • By JessyRM 5th Jul 18, 12:11 PM
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    Yes, you can blank out the balance and transactions. I've worked in various roles where proof of ID is requested at interview stage and I've never had someone complain. This is not to make any judgements but purely for convenience when processing new starters. I always explain how we process and hold data.

    I honestly have never looked twice at someone's account numbers or balances, it's of no interest to me.
    With house sharing and people living with their parents until they are in their 30's it's quite common to not have utility bills.

    Refusing to show them is not going to look favourably on you at interview.
    • marliepanda
    • By marliepanda 5th Jul 18, 12:14 PM
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    I have started back at a company I worked for a few years ago, for quite a number of years. Things have changed.
    Originally posted by beckysheffield
    You've been abroad for 8 years, yes things have changed in 8 years, not due to GDPR...
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