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Sean Key
8th August 2012, 09:04
Yeterday and today I've responded to roles, one sent direct to me via email and one off a job board and the agent has got back to me and asked for items of Personal Identifiable Data to be used with the application.

Yesterday it was my day and month of birth, but not the year.... used an obvious work around for this one.

Today its NI number and passport expiry date?

I haven't heard of either of the agencies before.

I am getting worried about dribbling out bits of my identifiable data to different agencies and ending up being the victim of identity fraud, maybe I'm paranoid, but I wonder what if someone out there is pretending to be different agencies and collecting these details?

Is anyone else noticing this going on? I queried the first agent and was told that the online portal they were using required the details before my application could be uploaded.

MarillionFan
8th August 2012, 09:08
I've been asked for this over the last few years. Normally I only have to provide this after an interview and just before the contract stage though. I wouldn't be passing any of this stuff over (DOB/Nationality) obviously put anything else (ie. passport, bank, driving license etc) just to apply they can take a running jump.

BolshieBastard
8th August 2012, 09:32
Yeterday and today I've responded to roles, one sent direct to me via email and one off a job board and the agent has got back to me and asked for items of Personal Identifiable Data to be used with the application.

Yesterday it was my day and month of birth, but not the year.... used an obvious work around for this one.

Today its NI number and passport expiry date?

I haven't heard of either of the agencies before.

I am getting worried about dribbling out bits of my identifiable data to different agencies and ending up being the victim of identity fraud, maybe I'm paranoid, but I wonder what if someone out there is pretending to be different agencies and collecting these details?

Is anyone else noticing this going on? I queried the first agent and was told that the online portal they were using required the details before my application could be uploaded.

Is there any other sector that expects people to simply hand over this confidential, identity information before an offer of a role is given?

My lad works in retail, a sector where there are lots of immigrant workers. He wasnt expected to provide passport details, photo id, NI number etc, etc when applying for jobs.

The IT industry is a ******* disgrace regarding this IMO. Everyone is told to protect their identity yet some agencies \ clients demand you give this out numerous times to all and sundry.

KentPhilip
8th August 2012, 10:06
Just give them some false details "to protect them from accusations of identity theft", and correct these "errors" as and when the job turns out to be real.

Doggy Styles
8th August 2012, 10:21
Doesn't this contravene the Data Protection Act in some way?

They don't need those details at that stage, and so they shouldn't be holding them.