Data Privacy statement

ABB respects your right to privacy

At ABB, respecting your data privacy rights is a top priority. This notice explains why and how we collect personal data about you, how we process such data, and what rights you have regarding your personal data. 

Your Personal Data

ABB is responsible for your personal data. ABB refers to ABB Ltd and its subsidiary companies. For the purposes of applicable data protection law, the controller of your data will be the ABB affiliate where you are applying for a position. For further information, please click here to see all ABB affiliates. This notice applies to all such companies. 

We have obtained your personal data via ABB’s career portal. 

In some cases, we will also process your personal data indirectly from third parties, such as background check providers, recruitment agencies through which you have applied for a job and other administration services providers.

In some cases, we will also process personal data from publicly available sources such as employment- and business- orientated social networking services (such as LinkedIn, Glassdoor) and career fairs.

Data Protection Officer

ABB’s Data Protection Officer can be reached through the following email address:

What we need

We collect and use personal data that concerns you in connection with the recruitment process at ABB. We may collect the following categories of personal data:

Personal details and identification data such as name, gender, date of birth; personal and business address, personal telephone number, personal email address or other contact details, date and country of birth, photo, citizenship.

Skill and experience details such as qualifications and certifications including current and previous positions, education and training courses, resume/CV, education records and work achievements.  In some cases: contact details of referees and results of capability assessments and interview assessment/feedback and any other personal information you choose to disclose to us as part of your job application;

Depending on the position, we are performing internal/external assessments, where we collect additional data such as assessment performance data, assessment score, phone interview recordings/notes, video interview recordings/notes.

In some countries, we further need to process data concerning your trade union membership; religion and philosophical beliefs and criminal records (only when required by the local law or where this is used to secure equal opportunity and treatment for all candidates and employees in ABB, in accordance with the local law). If we run a background check on you as a part of the recruitment process, we will only process such data in accordance with applicable law.

Data necessary for the employment contract conclusion and onboarding process of the successful candidates only such as the applicable personal identity number (tax, citizenship, social security or possibly other type of individual number applicable for you due to your country); data of your related persons (name of spouse/partner, children, etc.); signature; bank account details; emergency contacts; insurance data; driving license number; training records; clothing and shoe size where necessary.

In some countries, during the onboarding process we need to process your health data and data regarding your racial or ethnic origin (only when required by the local law or where this is necessary to secure equal opportunity and treatment for all candidates and employees in ABB, in accordance with the local law). Respectively, any category of personal data mentioned above will not be processed, if such processing is prohibited according to applicable provisions of national law. 

For further details of the personal data that we collect in your country, please submit a request to
If required, we will share your personal data with third parties in the country for which you have applied for the job or with third parties in countries that are directly involved in the recruitment process for the relevant position for which  you have applied. This can be the case when you apply for a position in a country different to the country you are based. The purpose is for the creation and organization of visa and work permit.

You may obtain a copy of the safeguards which we use to protect your personal data by visiting

In case you are applying for a position outside the EU, your data will be transferred out of the EU to the country where you are applying for the particular position. The EU Commission considers that this country does not provide adequate safeguard for your personal data, therefore we use European model clauses to protect your personal data.

We may use automated methods to make a decision based on your personal data. The logic used to make this decision is based on the requirements of the job profile and if your experience and background is meeting these requirements. The potential consequences and significance of this automated decision making are that your application may be rejected in case your profile does not meet the minimum requirements of the job description. In case we use automated methods, you have a right to obtain human intervention or to express your point of view and to contest the decision by submitting a data subject request at

After your application, irrespective of whether you have been hired or not, we may send you an email asking you to participate in a survey related to the recruitment process. Your participation in such a survey is voluntary.
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