Candidate Privacy Notice

Last updated: 31 December 2022


Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation and its affiliated companies (“Cognizant” “we” or “us”) are firmly committed to protecting your privacy. This Candidate Privacy Notice ("Notice") explains what we do with Personal Information we collect during and after the recruitment process through the Careers portal on the Cognizant websites ("Site") or by any other means. This Notice applies to individuals who apply for employment (whether fulltime or on contract basis), internship or assignment with Cognizant, including those individuals who attend a Cognizant recruitment event.

As a global company, Cognizant has a number of legal entities in different jurisdictions which are responsible for the Personal Information which they collect. The data controller for Personal Information collected during the recruitment process is the Cognizant company in your jurisdiction to whom you submit your application (all Cognizant companies can be found via this link: Cognizant Worldwide). If you are unsure as to which Cognizant company is applicable to you, please contact us (see Contact Us section below).

In some cases, local laws and regulations that apply to the Processing of Personal Information may be more restrictive than this Notice. Where this is the case, the more restrictive requirements will apply. Where required by local laws, Cognizant will provide you with additional privacy notices or information. In addition, this Notice may be supplemented from time to time with more specific privacy information or notices.

Please note that the Site is hosted by Phenom People Inc.

The Site (and recruitment process) is not intended for minors under the age of 16.

What are we going to tell you in this notice?

Capitalized terms are defined at the end of this Notice, in the Definitions section.

How we collect and use your Personal Information

Types of Personal Information

We may collect the following general types of information about you:

Personal Information - During the recruitment process, we collect information from you in connection with your application. Information we collect includes:

Should you be successful for a role, we would then ask you to provide information about third parties, such as references or contacts that you provide to us. You are responsible for ensuring that you have permission to submit any such information and that such individuals are aware that their information will be available to Cognizant or its clients for the purposes of taking up references.

Sensitive Personal Information - We do not require you to provide any Sensitive Personal Information during the recruitment process. Nonetheless, should you be successful for a role, we - where permitted by applicable law - may then ask you to provide some Sensitive Personal Information and/or identification numbers to enable us to comply with legal requirements at a national level (e.g., in relation to equal opportunities legislation).

In addition, you may also be subject to a background check, where justified by the particular role you are applying to and subject to the applicable laws of the country you are located in. The content of background check information varies by country to comply with local requirements, but may include information gathered from publicly available sources, your former employers or colleagues, schools you have attended, credit reporting agencies, and criminal records databases. You will receive more information about the nature of such a background check before it begins and no such checks will be undertaken without your express prior consent, where this is required by applicable law.

Otherwise, we ask that you avoid submitting information which may qualify as sensitive information under applicable law, except where such information is legally required.

Aggregated information - This is information that is aggregated and therefore not uniquely personal to you, but which refers to selected population or geographic characteristics, age, gender, occupation, preferences, and interests in accordance with applicable laws.

Behavioral information - We and our service provider (Phenom People Inc) use “cookies” and similar technologies on the Site. For more information and to manage your settings, please see the Career Site Cookie Policy and the Cognizant Cookie Notice.

Any information you submit must be true, complete and not misleading. Submitting inaccurate, incomplete, or misleading information may make you ineligible for employment.

Sources from which the Personal Information originates

We may collect information about you directly from you or from other sources (where permissible and in accordance with applicable law): 

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Why we need to collect your Personal Information


We will process your Personal Information (including, without limitation and where permitted, your Sensitive Personal Information) for our business purposes, including our recruitment, management and planning purposes, including:

We may collect and aggregate data from your Personal Information to enable us to monitor and improve our services.

Legal basis for processing

Cognizant will Process Personal Information where it is required by law, necessary for the prospective employment contract, or where it has a legitimate interest (which is not overridden by your data protection interests or fundamental rights and freedoms, particularly taking into consideration the safeguards that we put in place).

Cognizant will Process Sensitive Personal Information where it is necessary for the purpose of carrying out a legal obligation or exercising your specific rights or those of Cognizant with respect to your prospective employment with Cognizant.

Cognizant will obtain your consent to Process your Personal Information where it is required to do so by local law, and where required, for any new or additional purpose. For example, we will obtain your prior consent, if this is required under applicable law, for certain types of processing regarding Sensitive Personal Information and Personal Information regarding criminal offences and convictions.

Under local law, to the extent that Processing is based on consent, you may be entitled to withdraw consent to the Processing of their Personal Information. If you wish to withdraw consent you can contact us (see Contact Us section below).

The primary legal basis is set out in the table below:

Purpose of Use Legal Reason for Processing
To assess your suitability for employment for the role for which you are applying (excluding background checks), as well as future roles that may become available
  • Necessary for Cognizant's legitimate interests to ensure that it recruits the appropriate employees
  • To take steps prior to entering in an employment contract with you, where you are considered for employment
To manage and administrate your application
  • Necessary for Cognizant's legitimate interests to ensure that it recruits the appropriate employees
  • To take steps prior to entering in an employment contract with you, where you are considered for employment
To facilitate communication
  • Necessary for Cognizant’s legitimate interests to ensure proper communication with you and within the organization.
  • To take steps prior to entering in an employment contract with you, where you are considered for employment
Verifying eligibility to work (excluding background
  • To take steps prior to entering in an employment contract with you, where you are considered for employment
  • Necessary for Cognizant's legitimates interests to comply with applicable immigration and/or employment laws and regulation
Perform data analytics, including of our candidate pool, to improve our recruitment process and the Site
  • Necessary for Cognizant's legitimate interests to ensure that it improves its recruitment processes
If you register/sign up on the Site, we will enter you in a database to receive job alerts and/or information on job events
  • Necessary for Cognizant's legitimate interests to ensure that it recruits the appropriate employees
To comply with or monitor compliance with applicable law or regulation.
  • Necessary to comply with Cognizant's legal obligations as a business entity
  • Necessary for Cognizant's legitimate interest to protect the rights and interests of Cognizant, our employees, candidates and others

If we ask you to provide Personal Information to comply with a legal requirement or to perform a contract with you, we will make this clear at the relevant time and advise you whether the provision of your Personal Information is mandatory or not (as well as of the possible consequences if you do not provide your Personal Information).

If you have questions about or need further information concerning the legal basis on which we collect and use your Personal Information, please contact us at

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Who will have access to your Personal Information

In general, access to your Personal Information will be restricted to the relevant people in Cognizant who need it for the purposes set out in this Privacy Notice (e.g., your potential future managers and direct colleagues, recruitment, HR, and IT).

We do not sell your Personal Information or share it with a third party for cross-context behavioral advertising, but may disclose your Personal Information, as required and in accordance with applicable laws, as follows:

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International Transfers of your Personal Information

As further detailed above under the section 'Who will have access to your Personal Information', due to the global nature of Cognizant's business, Personal Information may be shared, disclosed and transferred between the various Cognizant Affiliates and third parties where such transfers are required for legitimate business reasons. Such companies may be located outside your country of residence. The level of protection for Personal Information is not the same in all countries; however, we will take reasonable steps and implement measures as described in this Notice to keep your Personal Information secure. In addition, we will ensure that any international transfers of your Personal Information will take place in accordance with the requirements of applicable law.

In particular, unless otherwise notified to you, any transfers of your Personal Information from within the European Economic Area (EEA), Switzerland and/or the United Kingdom (UK) (as applicable) to Cognizant Affiliates or third parties located outside the EEA, Switzerland and/or the UK (as applicable) will be based on an adequacy decision or governed by the Standard Contractual Clauses.

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How long we retain your Personal Information

We will retain Personal Information for the period necessary to fulfil the purposes outlined in this Notice, unless a longer retention period is required or permitted by law. The criteria used to determine our retention periods are (i) the duration of the application process, (ii) as long as we have an ongoing relationship with you, (iii) as required by a legal obligation to which we are subject; and (iv) as advisable in light of our legal position (such as in relation to statutes of limitations, litigation or regulatory investigations).

If you become an employee of Cognizant, your Personal Information will be retained in accordance with the Associate Privacy Notice.

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How we protect your Personal Information

Cognizant implements appropriate security measures designed to prevent unlawful or unauthorized Processing of Personal Information and accidental loss of or damage to Personal Information. Cognizant maintains written security management policies and procedures designed to prevent, detect, contain, and correct violations of measures taken to protect the confidentiality, integrity, availability, or security of your Personal Information. These policies and procedures assign specific data security responsibilities and accountabilities to specific individuals, include a risk management program that includes periodic risk assessment and provide an adequate framework of controls that safeguard your Personal Information. Where we contract with third parties to provide services that may enable them to access your Personal Information, we require them by contract to have similar security controls in place.

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What are your rights

To the extent these rights are provided to you by applicable law, you may:

  • the European Economic Area – Click here;
  • the UK - Click here;
  • Switzerland - Click here;
  • We will not discriminate against your for exercising these rights. We respond to all requests we receive from individuals wishing to exercise their data protection rights in accordance with applicable data protection laws. Complying with all or part of your request may be denied or limited by Cognizant if it would violate another person's rights and/or as otherwise permitted by applicable law.

    Before responding to a request, we reserve the right to verify and authenticate your identity and the information that your request relates to. Cognizant may ask for your: (a) First, Middle (if available), and Last Name; (b) Physical Address; (c) Month/Year of Birth; (d) Valid Email Address; and (e) Valid Telephone Number.

    Authorized agents will be required to submit a written authorization document that includes your name, address, telephone number and valid email address, signed and dated by you, appointing the individual as your authorized agent, to act on your behalf. Cognizant may also request you to verify your own identity with Cognizant and confirm that you have provided the authorized agent permission to submit the request. For the safety and security of your information, requests submitted to Cognizant by an authorized agent will require a direct method of communication, preferably a valid email address, with you, to fulfill the request. We may deny a request from an authorized agent who does not submit sufficient proof to act on your behalf.

    If an archival copy of your Personal Information is required to be retained by applicable law after receiving a request for deletion or closure of your account, we will follow the statutory term for such a retention.

    If you are in California, you may exercise your privacy rights by using the email address or by calling the Cognizant Ethics and Compliance Helpline toll-free at 1-866-824-4897.

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    Contact Us

    If, at any time, you have questions or concerns about the operation of this Notice or believe that we have not adhered to this Notice, please email us:

    Asia Pacific :

    India :

    Continental Europe :

    Latin America :

    North America :

    UK & Ireland :

    In addition, you may submit concerns or complaints about Cognizant’s privacy practices to the Data Protection Officer at

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    Changes to this Notice

    We reserve the right to make changes to this Notice at any time. Any changes to this Notice will be posted on this page thus make sure to read this Notice before submitting your Personal Information. Substantial changes will be highlighted on the Site or may be emailed to you.

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    Cognizant Candidate Privacy Notice

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