When you search for a job, you’re often asked to provide a lot of personal information. But how do you know that information ends up in safe hands? We asked cyber safety and HR experts to explain what information employers can ask you for, and steps you can take to keep it safe.
Personal information is information that identifies details about you, such as your name or address. Some personal information can be sensitive—details about your race, ethnicity, political opinions, religious beliefs, sexual preferences or health information.
When you apply for a job or join as a new employee, employers have the right to request personal information that’s relevant to the role you’re applying for. “Most employers must ensure that they comply with the Privacy Act and its obligations,” says Natasha Hawker, Managing Director of Employee Matters and author of From Hire to Fire and Everything in Between.
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