How Self-Sovereignty Impacts Candidates and Their Data

February 18, 2020 Achim Preuss

The Implementation of the GDPR across the EU and similar legislation in other countries has extended the rights of ‘data subjects’. In talent acquisition and HR terms, these data subjects are our job applicants and our employees.
One of these rights is to the entitlement to have any personal data collected about them to not only be accessible but also to be portable.

In this short video Achim Preuss, Aon’s Assessment Solutions Chief Technical Officer shares his thoughts about what this means for the future of individual ownership of career and qualification information.


Greater Ownership Leads To Self-Sovereignty

At the heart of this right to obtain and reuse their personal data for their own purposes across different services, applicants and employees is the greater ownership of personal data. In practice, it could see individuals transferring their personal data from one Data Controller to another (from one employer to the next). For that to happen, the data needs first to be transferred to the individual.

Clearly, this portability of data has resource and technical implications for Data Controllers; time, systems, process all need to be thought through. The Data Controller is, in the world of HR, the employing organization which is deciding how the individual’s personal data is being used.  

“A straightforward solution to the challenge of transferring verified and immutable data, can be found by using blockchain or public ledger technology.” Dr Achim Preuss, CTO, Aon’s Assessment Solutions

By using such technologies, overall control and self-sovereignty is given to the individual. They then choose who to provide access to their verified data such as educational qualifications, certifications, accreditations.

Self-Sovereignty Leads To Faster Hiring

Having verified data held in one place will speed up hiring – and potential employees starting in a role more quickly. Employers can be given access to already verified data which needs no further check or delay, and candidates can be found easily by employers looking for specific verified skills or qualifications.

Such self-sovereignty will revolutionize individual career management and progression.

Aon is proud to be a founding member of Velocity Network Foundation established to define, deploy and champion the Velocity Network. The Velocity Network intends to be the world’s network for verified and trusted career credentials, designed for the digital age. It is governed by a collaborative, democratic, non-profit foundation set out to put people back in control and build a globally accessible, trustworthy ‘Internet of Careers’.

Are you interested in learning more about the future of work? Read our article in the Raconteur Special Issue "Future of HR" - click here.

About the Author

Achim Preuss

Dr. Achim Preuss is a renowned pioneer in the assessment industry and a visionary practitioner. As Head of Global Solutions at Aon's Assessment Solutions, he is responsible for the company’s global product development and its best practice innovations. Achim co-founded cut-e Group, a global talent management and assessment specialist, in 2002 and was its Chief Technology Officer when the company was acquired by Aon plc in 2017. cut-e and Aon, as Aon's Assessment Solutions, undertake 30 million assessments each year in 90 countries and 40 languages.

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