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DWP Central Freedom of Information Team
Annex A 
 
e-mail: [email address].  
gov.uk
 
Our Ref: FOI 5028
 
 

24 October 2013
Annex A 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Dear Mr Palmer 
 
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request which was received on 20 October 2013. 
In that request, you asked: 
 
“Does personal data entered and uploaded (like a CV or personalal profile) on 
www.avantajobs.com by Work Programme or DWP contracted provision participants belong to 
the DWP as Data Controller? How do participants get copies of all of their personal data on 
this recruitment website during or after their participation has ended? Can Avanta mandate a 
participant onto www.avantajobs.com if they did not sign Avanta's Customer Agreement Form 
or they wish to withdraw all Agreements made on this form in writing?” 
 
Work Programme providers are carrying out work on behalf of the Department for Work and 
Pensions (DWP) and require access to individuals’ personal data and information held by the 
Department to be able to provide the required services. In this situation, where personal data is 
loaded onto www.avantajobs.com DWP remains the data controller and the provider acts as 
the data processor as defined by the Data Protection Act.  Work Programme providers are 
required under the terms of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) contracts to comply 
with the legal requirements of the Data Protection Act and Information Disclosure, ensuring the 
security of all personal and sensitive information remains properly protected. 
 
If a participant would like a copy of their personal data held on www.avantajobs.com  they 
should raise a request for personal information (Subject Access Request), on the form 
available on the Government website at the following link: 
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/dwp-request-for-personal-information. 
 
Work Programme participants are not mandated to use www.avantajobs.com and can 
therefore choose not to use this site to help them get a job. If a participant wishes to stop using 
the website they can do so.  However, choosing not to use this website will reduce the amount 
of support that Avanta can provide in helping them find a job.   
 
 
 

If you have any queries about this letter please contact me quoting the reference number 
above.   
 
Yours sincerely,  
 
 
DWP Central FoI Team 
 
 
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