Virtual Recruitment Ireland is a brand operated by BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd which is the data controller for any personal data we collect from the users of our services. BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd are based in the Republic of Ireland and subject to data protection and privacy regulation (GDPR, Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and PECR (S.I. 336 of 2011)) under the authority of the Irish Data Protection Commission.

BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd runs a number of websites dedicated to career development and recruitment, including education, and in some cases these operate in partnership with Seats Are Ltd, a separate data controller based in Ireland.

Seats Are Ltd and BCS Sales Recruitment work together in a collaborative manner and will exchange and share personal data compatible with the purposes as set down in the respective privacy notices of the various websites operated by them and in accordance with their own data sharing agreement.

Personal data collected by either company will, in accordance with their data sharing agreement, remain the responsibility of the original processor of the personal data to ensure ongoing data protection compliance and full liability is assumed by the original processor of the personal data.

These websites include;

All of our websites use some elements of a common platform and data submitted to any of all of the above websites may be stored on servers with similar personal data from the other websites.

Updated 20 August 2020.
This privacy notice tells you what to expect when Virtual Recruitment Ireland collects personal information about you when you register and/or attend one of our events and/or sign-up to receive updates from us by email. Virtual Recruitment Ireland is committed to protecting your personal information when you use our services.

Personal information as used in this Privacy Policy refers to information such as your name, e-mail address, mailing address, your education, your employment history, or telephone number that can be used to identify you. You may also provide us with other personal information such as your gender, town or city you live in, your career or training interests and any other information you may choose to submit or share with our data processors or to us.

Personal data under data protection legislation includes your image (moving and still) and if you attend one our events we take photos and video at our events which may be used for our own promotional use (social media, website). Generally, we will only process your personal information/data as described in this Privacy Policy. However we may have to conduct additional processing required by law, including for example any lawful request for personal data by law enforcement agencies or in the event of an emergency that may cause serious harm to our users or others.

Some of our services do not require any form of registration, allowing you to visit our site without the need to give us any personal information about you.
Some services may require you to provide us with personal information/data. In these situations, if you choose to withhold any personal information/data requested by us, it may not be possible for you to gain access to certain services we provide.

We may process your personal information/data to provide you with products or services you express an interest in, to market products and services which we think may be of interest to you, or to communicate with you for other purposes which we assess would be in our legitimate interest to do so and we assess is not invasive, unexpected or unwanted by you.
This Privacy Policy and our Data Protection Policy are guided by the GDPR (2016/79), Irish Data Protection Acts 1988 to 2018 and SI 336 of 2011 – European Communities (Electronic Communication Network and Services) (Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2011) as well as other relevant national law.

1 What information will we collect about you?

1.1 Signing up for our newsletter.
When you sign up to receive our newsletter we will seek only your name and your email address so you can be kept up to date with the latest news about jobs, opportunities and info about the Virtual Recruitment Ireland jobs fair and events.

1.2 When you register to attend an event
Our partner data processor for the registration and the issuance of tickets for our Virtual Recruitment Ireland events is Eventbrite. When you register we have instructed Eventbrite to seek the following personal data from you;
• Name, email, gender, age, nationality, your city or town of residence, the highest level of education you have reached, and your career or training interests.
While both Virtual Recruitment Ireland and Eventbrite has this information on you, Eventbrite are not allowed to use it for any purposes beyond anonymised statistical analysis for business planning reasons.

1.3 When you attend any of our virtual events
You may choose to share your CV with us so we, and our partner company Seats Are Ltd, can assist you in finding employment or a educational course. Your CV will typically include work and education biographically details as well as personal data that uniquely identifies you, however you may wish to share more personal data on your CV, including special category data, at your prerogative.

When you attend our physical events we may photograph or video you to be used in promotional or marketing materials. We may also need to check your ticket and make a record of your attendance.

1.4 When you engage with one, or more, of our partner companies & employers.
Companies will be in attendance at the Virtual Recruitment events and you may choose to engage with them and exchange personal data with them. In this event the personal data exchanged is the responsibility of the company you engaged with who will be your data controller. Our role will be solely to facilitate the initial communication and we cannot access the information, including personal data you may choose to exchange with them.

1.5 When you visit our website
When you visit our website we will collect your
IP address, and details of which version of web browser you use, information on how you use and navigate the site, what site you came from.
We don’t collect or store personal identifiable information such as your name and address so it’s highly unlikely this information can be used to identify who you are.

2 Who do we share your personal information with?

We never share your personal information or data that you submit to us with any external organisations for marketing, market research or commercial purposes. Sharing your information will be exclusively for the provision of our services or our partners, as named in this policy. We will pass on your information and personal data if we have a legal obligation to do so, this includes exchanging information with statutory departments for legal reasons when lawfully requested to do so.

2.1 When you sign up for our newsletter or email updates
When you sign up for our newsletter or email updates your name and email address will be stored with our partner data Processor; Mailchimp, a marketing automation platform and an email marketing service.

2.2 When you register to attend an event
When you register to attend an event you provide your personal data with our partner Data Processor; Eventbrite, an event technology platform.

2.3 When you attend any of our online/virtual events
When you attend Virtual Recruitment Ireland online/virtual events, you may engage with and share personal data with fellow attendees and/or exhibitors at the event. That sharing is outside the scope of our responsibility under data protection legislation and the processing of that personal data exchanged is a matter between those parties solely. You may share your CV with us so we can assist you in a job search or finding an educational course. We may share this CV with appropriate potential employers, our partner company Seats Are Ltd, or education providers.

2.4 When you visit our website
When you visit our website your, normally unidentifiable, information will be held on our servers hosted by our partner Data Processor, Flywheel a webhosting site based in the UK.
We use Google Analytics as a partner Data Processor to improve our marketing, targeting and understanding of our visitor to the site.

3 Lawful basis for processing your personal data.

3.1 Signing up for our newsletter.
We process your data when you sign up to our newsletter on the lawful basis that you have given us consent to the processing for a specific purposes, namely to receive our newsletter and to manage your future communications preferences.

3.2 When you register to attend an online/virtual event
We process your data when you register to attend an online/virtual event on the lawful basis of that you have given us consent to the processing for a specific purposes, namely to receive information about the event and for us to register you and, when applicable, your training and employment interests in attending the event.

3.3 When you attend any of our events
When we take a record of your attendance we do this because we have assessed it is a necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interest to do so and we believe this processing does not in any way impact negatively of your data protection rights.
When we process personal data on your CV we do so you have given us your consent to do so.

3.4 When you visit our website
Any processing of personal data, however unlikely, collected from visits to our website will be based on your consent, as you read and accepted our cookies policy and have decided not to alter your own preferences of your device.

3.5 When you engage with one, or more, of our partner exhibitors/employers.
Your personal data provided via our online platform partner Graduateland is processed for the purposes of their legitimate interest to do so and we believe this processing does not in any way impact negatively of your data protection rights.

3.6 When we email you
When we email you future events, news or vacancies we think you may be interested in these emails will be sent to you based on us assessing that you would be interested in them and thereby our legal basis would be that it is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interest to do so. Each and every communication will however contain a unsubscribe button in them so you can maintain ongoing control of how we market and communicate with you.
We will never email anyone from the purchase or exchange of personal data from entities outside of BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd or Seats Are Ltd.

4 How long will we hold on to your data

We will only retain your data for as long as is it necessary to fulfil the original purpose of the processing. So for instance if you attended any of our online/virtual events on one or more occasions we may continue to inform you of the next ones.
If, however, we continue to inform you and you don’t ask us to stop but you haven’t attended an event in three years we will then delete your personal data.
If you ask us to stop processing your data and/or delete your personal data we will do so unless there is a lawful reason compelling us to refuse that request.
Retention and disposal of your data is the responsibility of our appointed Data Protection Officer, and once at the end of the retention period, destruction of your data will be completed.

5 How will we use the information we have about you?

• We will use your name and email address for the purpose of sending you communications about Virtual Recruitment Ireland and to authorise your access to our services and to provide you with a range of functionalities.
• We will use your name and email address for the purpose of sending you emails of Virtual Recruitment Ireland, or other BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd or Seats Are Ltd websites, events that match your interests and profile.
• We, and our partner company Seats Are Ltd, will use the personal data and biographic work and education history on your CV to assist you in finding work and/or an education course.
• We will also use your data to contact you via email with information and updates about current job opportunities and online events. You will have choices within your Eventbrite account and in the footer of every communication we sent you to set the content of our communications to you.
• We will use your image (still or moving) for the purposes of promoting our events and services and allowing our attendees to provide feedback and testimonials on our websites and on social media.
• We will use your image (still or moving) for the purposes of marketing our events on social media.

6 Your Rights

You have the right to receive from us the following from you in relation to personal information that we process about you;
• What personal data we hold about you
• The purposes of the processing
• The categories of personal data concerned
• The recipients to whom the personal data has/will be disclosed
• How long we intend to store your personal data for
• If we did not collect the data directly from you, information about the source of the data
• You can request also request a copy of all the personal data we hold about you.
You can make this request in writing to Data Protection Officer, BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd, 61 Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, Ireland.
You also have the right to request;
• The rectification, erasure or restriction of your personal information
• You can object to the processing of your personal information
Should you wish to complain or otherwise assert your data protection rights and feel we have not done so you should contact the Irish Data Protection Commission using the following link to communicate with them

7 Our Partner Data Processors

The following is a list of third-party processors that may be used by BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd in the general operation of its business and the processing and storage of data. We have satisfied ourselves that these companies maintain the highest standards of data storage and security and have signed data processors agreements with them.

Graduateland – for hosting of online platform to facilitate live chats to colleges.
Eventbrite – For online registration our events
Goldmine CRM – for reporting and data management.
Hubspot CRM – for reporting and data management.
Mailchimp – for co-ordinating our communications with you.
Survey Monkey – for undertaking customers services.
Flywheel – our online cloud based processor we use to host our website(s) and store any data and media connected with same.
Google Analytics – for undertaking analysis of metadata traffic and activity on our website.
Graduateland – for hosting of online platform to facilitate live chats to colleges.
Our processors only process your personal data under our agreed written instructions and it is BCS Sales Recruitment Ltd that determine the types of personal data processed and determine its purpose(s).

8 Third party links
In an attempt to provide you with increased value, we may include third party links on our website. These linked sites have separate and independent privacy policies. We therefore have no responsibility or liability for the content and activities of these linked sites. Nonetheless, we seek to protect the integrity of our site and welcome any feedback about these linked sites (including if a specific link does not work).
This Privacy Policy only applies to this website and does not cover other websites that we link to. External websites you can be redirected to from our website are:

1. Eventbrite
2. Exhibitors and Employers that work with us
3. Mailchimp
4. Other third-party websites that we may link to or cooperate with from time to time
If you visit another website from our website, we recommend you read their privacy policy to find out how they use your data.
If you come to our website from another website, we will receive data about you from the other website. You should read the privacy policy of the website you came from to find out more about this.

9 Data storage

We store the information and data you provide to us, or that we otherwise receive or collect about you on our secure servers in the UK. These servers are operated by Flywheel, a third-party Data Processor. This data is backed up in the UK. To increase the performance of their platform, they give access on a worldwide basis from regionally localized service providers to ensure fast and secure access. This CDN (Content Delivery Network) solution has state of the art security certification and security protocols. Details of the provider of this CDN can be found at

Data you provide via our website for joining any of our employment events, or as a candidate in communication with a prospective college, course provider or agent, will be stored by them. As they are located globally, your data may potentially be accessed and/or stored outside of the European Economic Area.

Transmitting information over the internet is generally not completely secure, and we can’t guarantee the security of your information and data. However, we implement safeguards designed to protect your data (such as HTTPS, SSL encryption and password protection) and regularly monitor our own systems for possible vulnerabilities and attacks.

11 Privacy & Cookies may collect information about how you use our website and the device(s) you use to access it. This includes collecting unique online identifiers such as IP addresses, which are numbers that uniquely identify a specific computer or other network device on the internet.
We may contract with third-party service providers to assist us in better understanding our site visitors. These service providers are not permitted to use the information collected on our behalf except to help us conduct and improve our business.
You can choose to have your computer warn you each time a cookie is being sent, or you can choose to turn off all cookies. You do this through your browser (like Netscape Navigator or Internet Explorer) settings. Each browser is a little different, so look at your browser Help menu to learn the correct way to modify your cookies. If you turn cookies off, you won’t have access to many features that make your site experience more efficient and some of our services will not function properly. However, you can still place orders over the telephone by contacting customer service.

11.1 What are cookies?

Cookies are small text files which are stored on your computer when you visit certain web pages. At, we use cookies to understand how our sites are used which helps us to improve your overall online experience. Some of the cookies we use are necessary for some of our sites to work whilst other cookies are used to provide tailored advertising by trusted third parties. The cookies we and our third parties place on your computer do not collect personally identifiable information like your name, address or payment details. To find out more about cookies, visit
The privacy of your information is important to us and so we want to keep you well informed about cookies. We shall continue to work on initiatives in relation to recent cookie legislation to ensure you have the best experience when visiting our websites.