ACS Privacy Notice

What information will we collect from you?

In order to apply to join the approved contractor scheme you will be asked to provide information about the applicant business, including information regarding the business identity and trading details (such as name/s, address/es, legal status, period or trading, insurance, group structure); the contracts it holds with its customers and any sub-contractors; its selected ACS assessing body and any other relevant certifications held; details about how it meets the ACS eligibility criteria and the ACS standard. In addition, you will be asked to provide information regarding the individuals in control of, employed by or associated with that business. This may include their names, addresses, contact details and licence numbers (if applicable).

Why do we collect this information and how will it be used?

The SIA is a Home Office non-departmental public body. The information you provide will be used by the SIA to carry out its statutory functions under the Private Security Industry Act 2001.

For example, we will use the information we hold about your business and the individuals in control of it, employed by or associated with your business to:

  • Create and maintain an SIA account in your business’ name.
  • Decide whether your business is fit and proper to hold approved contractor status.
  • Share information with organisations to conduct checks against the ACS criteria and conditions.
    These checks include the SIA contacting HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to verify the information provided at sections B, C, D and F of this application form for the purposes of assessing this application and maintaining your approval, including undertaking assessments, enquiries and investigations.
  • Share information with other government agencies in order to check the information we hold is accurate, to prevent or detect crime, or as otherwise allowed by law. For example, the information you provide may be shared with agencies such as the Home Office, the Police, HM Revenue and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, and local authorities.
  • Contact you about:
    • your application
    • your approval status
    • matters affecting the private security industry, for example, SIA events and recommended training for your staff
    • research regarding the private security industry

Who might we share information with?

  • The SIA shares information with a number of organisations in order to conduct checks against the ACS criteria and conditions. These organisations include Companies House, the Insolvency Service, Equifax, HMRC, the Police, Assessing Bodies, customers of the applicant business, payroll or finance companies contracted with the applicant business and consultants acting on behalf of the business.
    These checks also include the SIA contacting HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to verify the information provided at sections B, C, D and F of this application form for the purposes of assessing this application and maintaining your approval, including undertaking assessments, enquiries and investigations.
  • The SIA also shares and receives information with other government agencies in order to check the information we hold / they hold is accurate, to prevent or detect crime, or as otherwise allowed by law. For example, the information you provide may be shared with agencies such as the Home Office, the Police, HM Revenue and Customs, Department for Work and Pensions, and local authorities.

More information

For more information on how the information you provide is used, how long we store information, how we maintain the security of the information we hold, and rights to access the information we hold, please see the SIA’s Privacy Policy.