#DoNotSign Work Programme documents, a very good example of www.avantajobs.com

[updated 24 Oct 13]

Work Programme Provider Avanta has created a clone of Universal Jobmatch (UJ) called Avanta Jobs (AJ), unlike UJ, AJ does not appear to give the choice of not giving permission for anyone voluntarily using or mandated to use AJ of not allowing Avanta staff full or read only access to an account users activity and personal data. What is also not made clear is that all personal data entered onto AJ belongs to the DWP as the Data Controller.

“Work Programme participants are not mandated to use www.avantajobs.com and can therefore choose not to use this site…. If a participant wishes to stop using the website they can do so….where personal data is loaded onto www.avantajobs.com DWP remains the data controller…[owner]
(Emphasis added)
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/181920/response/443194/attach/html/3/5028%20Response.pdf.html
From: DWP Central FoI Team  – 24 October 2011

Q: If the Avanta Work Programme Customer Agreement form is not signed, does Avanta have any authority to mandate use, registration and uploading personal data to avantajobs.com?

A: A recent set of FOI disclosures of Avanta correspondence with the DWP* (see note below) clearly indicated the authority to view a AJ user’s account comes via the signing of it’s ‘Customer Agreement’ (CA) form, needless to say this suggests not signing the CA could make it impossible for Avanta to mandate:

1. Creating a AJ account
2. Uploading personal data, such as a CV onto AJ
3. Avanta having access to a user’s personal data on AJ

The authority [consent] for this [user account access by Avanta] comes from the signed Work Programme Customer Agreement form
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/180551/response/442313/attach/html/5/Attachment%202%204848.pdf.html
From: Avanta Dwp Communications, via DWP Freedom of Information – 22 October 2013

Debate and discuss at:
http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/chat-a-rap/7353-avanta-and-its-universal-jobmatch-doppelgaenger

Related FOI response:

Q: “Whilst on the Work Programme, Can I be mandated to sign any forms given by my provider, this includes, Action Plans and Monthly Review documents”?

A:there is no mandatory requirement for individuals to sign specific forms
From: DWP Central Freedom of Information Team – 26.03.13
http://refuted.org.uk/category/donotsign/

*Comment: All Work Programme Providers are subject to the Freedom of Information Act
http://refuted.org.uk/2013/10/19/yourinformation/

More on the #DoNotSign principle:
http://refuted.org.uk/category/donotsign/
Background information:
http://web.archive.org/web/20130329160436/http://www.donotsign.com/

Notes: Welfare rights law and DWP guidance, in particular, changes frequently.
You may find more recent information via http://refuted.org.uk/category/ or by using the website search facility (top right)

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275 FOI requests on Universal Jobmatch (UJ)

View approximately 250 Freedom of Information Act 2000 requests on  UJ or 200 from March 2013 when creation of a UJ Profile and uploading a CV could be mandated via a Jobseeker’s Direction.

The DWP also post copies of FOI responses at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications?departments[]=department-for-work-pensions&publication_type=foi-releases and Statistical FOI releases at: https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/dwp-statistical-foi-releases

How to search DWP FOI requests to find the nuggets you want, to beat sanctions and more http://unemploymentmovement.com/forum/unemployment-and-job-centre-plus/7330-275-foi-requests-on-universal-jobmatch-uj#25895

More posts on Universal Jobmatch
http://refuted.org.uk/category/universal-jobmatch/

DWP Jobcentre and it’s Providers, your Personal Data and the Freedom of Information Act

1) Your Personal Data/Information
2) Personal Data/Information the DWP/Jobcentre holds about you
3) Official Information
4) DWP/Jobcentre Official Information held by Providers and  Subcontractors
(Including Freedom of Information Act obligations)
5) Making requests for Official Information
6) What do these Acts mean for me?
(Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and Environmental Information Regulations)
7) FAQs


1) Your Personal Data/Information

You are entitled to see information held about you. Find out how to manage your personal information including subject access requests, compensation and what you can expect from organisations.
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_the_public/personal_information.aspx

Provider and Subcontractor obligations in this area are outlined in the DWP Framework Agreementfor the provision of employment related support services.

2) Personal Data/Information the DWP/Jobcentre holds about you
Download a copy of the DWP/Jobcentre Subject Access Request (SAR) form to obtain copies of the information they hold about you.

“As DWP is the data controller not the provider, providers do not hold any information about DWP participants in their own right. Any SAR requests for DWP participants should therefore be sent to DWP.
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/79898/response/216778/attach/html/2/FoI%20IR%20188%2010.10.11.pdf.html

“Providers receiving any SAR requests are required to notify DWP and provide us with [all] the personal data they hold to enable the Department to meet our  legal obligations.”
Source: DWP Central FoI Team

3) Official Information
You are entitled to request official information held by public authorities, including government departments, local authorities, hospitals, schools and police forces. Find out what you need to do.
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_the_public/official_information.aspx

4) DWP/Jobcentre Official Information held by Providers and Subcontractors
(Including Freedom of Information Act obligations)
The DWP/Jobcentre has contracts with Providers and they with Subcontractors (contractors) to provide Welfare to Work Programmes, you can make requests via www.whatdotheyknow.com/body/dwp to obtain copies of Information Providers and Subcontractors hold, such as the Names of Mandatory Work providers and Work Programme induction information.

Provider and Subcontractor Freedom of Information Act obligations in this area are outlined on pages 36 and 37 of the DWP Framework Agreement for the provision of employment related support services.

5) Making requests for Official Information
Use the www.whatdotheyknow.com website to obtain Official Information under the Freedom of Information Act.

6) What do these Acts mean for me?
What are the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations and Environmental Information Regulations? What are the differences between them?
http://www.ico.gov.uk/for_the_public/the_acts.aspx

FAQs
Can’t find what you’re looking for? The ICO FAQs might help.
http://www.ico.gov.uk/Global/faqs.aspx