Privacy and Cookies Policy

Who are we?

Barracuda Search provides executive search services to clients looking to recruit personnel for their businesses.

What does this policy cover?

At Barracuda we take your personal data seriously. This policy:

– sets out the types of personal data that we collect about you;

– explains how and why we collect and use your personal data;

– explains how long we keep your personal data for;

– explains when, why and with whom we will share your personal data;

– sets out the legal basis we have for using your personal data;

– explains the effect of refusing to provide the personal data requested;

– explains the different rights and choices you have when it comes to your personal data; and

– explains how we may contact you and how you can contact us.

What personal data do we collect about you?

We collect the information necessary to be able to match you with suitable available opportunities and assess your eligibility through the different stages of the recruitment process. This information includes CVs, identification documents, educational qualifications, employment history, salary details, consultant interview notes and references.

Only where specifically relevant and where you have given your explicit consent, we may also collect sensitive personal information about you, in the form of data concerning health, sexual orientation, political opinions, religious and philosophical belief, trade union membership or biometric data. Such information would only ever be shared with a third party with your explicit consent.

In accordance with our company values, to assist our clients in creating a diverse and inclusive workforce, and to redress the current social imbalance, we do collect some information on ethnicity.

Where do we collect personal data about you from?

Personal data about you is collected:

Directly from you – this is information you provide while searching for a new opportunity and/or during the headhunting process

From an agent/third party acting on your behalf – eg interim management company

Through publicly available sources – including LinkedIn, press announcements and articles

By reference or word of mouth – for example, you may be recommended by a friend, a former employer, a former colleague or even a present employer

How and why we use your personal data?

We use your personal data to match your skills, experience and education with a potential employer. We will initially collect basic information on you such as contact details, job role and experience.  If you express an interest in a specific appointment we will collect further information from you during the interview with a Barracuda consultant.  If you are then selected to go through to the next stage, we will then be collecting more information as required.

How long do we keep your personal data?

We keep your information in accordance as follows:

Candidate data: up to a maximum of 5 years from point of creation or last update

Interim Manager data: up to a maximum of 5 years from point of creation or last update

Client contact details: up to a maximum of 5 years from point of creation or last update

Who do we share your personal data with?

Top level information (not including contact details) may be shared with the client looking to make an appointment. If you are approached by a member of the Barracuda team and express an initial interest in an appointment and send us your CV, this will not be shared with any third party without your prior agreement.  Should you be selected for the next stage and confirm your interest in a specific role, we would then share your CV with the client (again not including any contact details), together with any interview notes and references.

Your data is stored within a leading global software solutions and database provider (Invenias) and nobody else outside of the Barracuda organisation has access to your data.

What legal basis do we have for using your information?

For prospective candidates, interim managers, referees and clients, our processing is necessary for our legitimate interests in that we need the information in order to be able to assess suitability for potential roles, to find potential candidates and to contact clients and referees.

If you are shortlisted as a candidate, then this may involve the processing of more detailed personal data including sensitive data such as health information that you or others provide about you. In that case we always ask for your consent before undertaking such processing.

For clients, we may also rely on our processing being necessary to perform a contract for you, for example in contacting you.

We have undertaken a Legitimate Interest Assessment (balancing test) to ensure our processing is necessary and that your fundamental rights of privacy are not outweighed by the legitimate interests of Barracuda.  You have a right to and can find out more about the information in these balancing tests by contacting us using the details below.

What happens if you do not provide us with the information we request or ask that we stop processing your information?

If you do not provide the personal data necessary, or withdraw your consent for the processing of your personal data, we may not be able to match you with available job opportunities.

Do we make automated decisions concerning you?

No, we do not carry out automated profiling.

Do we use Cookies to collect personal data on you?

To provide better service to you on our websites, we use Google Analytics to analyse the use of our website. Our analytics service provider’s privacy policy is available at

Do we transfer your data outside the UK?

To better match your profile with current opportunities we may transfer your personal data to clients and partners in countries outside the UK. These countries’ privacy laws may be different from those in your home country. Where we transfer data to a country which has not been deemed to provide adequate data protection standards we always have security measures and approved model clauses in place to protect your personal data. To find out more about how we safeguard your information as related to transfers contact us (

 What rights do you have in relation to the data we hold on you?

By law, you have a number of rights when it comes to your personal data. Further information and advice about your rights can be obtained from the data protection regulator in your country.

Rights, what does this mean?

The right to be informed. You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your information and your rights. This is why we’re providing you with the information in this policy.

The right of access. You have the right to obtain access to your information (if we’re processing it), and certain other information (similar to that provided in this Privacy Policy). This is so you’re aware and can check that we’re using your information in accordance with data protection law.

The right to rectification. You are entitled to have your information corrected if it’s inaccurate or incomplete.

The right to erasure. This is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your information where there’s no compelling reason for us to keep using it. This is not a general right to erasure; there are exceptions.

The right to restrict processing. You have rights to ‘block’ or suppress further use of your information. When processing is restricted, we can still store your information, but may not use it further. We keep lists of people who have asked for further use of their information to be ‘blocked’ to make sure the restriction is respected in future.

The right to data portability. You have rights to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services. For example, if you decide to switch to a new provider, this enables you to move, copy or transfer your information easily between our IT systems and theirs safely and securely, without affecting its usability.

The right to object to processing. You have the right to object to certain types of processing, including processing for direct marketing (ie if you no longer want to be contacted with potential opportunities).

The right to lodge a complaint. You have the right to lodge a complaint about the way we handle or process your personal data with your national data protection regulator.

The right to withdraw consent. If you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal data with your consent up to that point is unlawful). This includes your right to withdraw consent to us using your personal data for marketing purposes.

We usually act on requests and provide information free of charge, but may charge a reasonable fee to cover our administrative costs of providing the information for:

– baseless or excessive/repeated requests, or

– further copies of the same information.

Alternatively, we may be entitled to refuse to act on the request.

Please consider your request responsibly before submitting it. We’ll respond as soon as we can. Generally, this will be within one month from when we receive your request but, if the request is going to take longer to deal with, we’ll come back to you and let you know.

How will we contact you?

We may contact you by phone, email or social media. If you prefer a particular contact means over another please just let us know.

How can you contact us?

If you are unhappy with how we’ve handled your information, or have further questions on the processing of your personal data, contact us by email ( or in writing (Barracuda Search, Argyll Nova North, 11 Bressenden Place, London, SW1E 5BY)