I work as a freelancer, so being contacted by recruiters is a regular occurrence. Recently I responded to a request from a recruiter of a UK-based, "award-winning" recruitment company. We talked on the phone, and the recruiter proposed to submit my profile to a project as well as proactively submit it to companies. I responded by email, rejecting both proposals since I did not find them convincing.
It has now come to my attention that the recruiter is nonetheless sending my profile, with the following claim:
as an example of a freelancer that I am currently working with, I have attached the (anonymised) profile of an active candidate.
The profile is not anonymised though as it starts with my name. The PDF has been edited to contain the recruitment company's logo. It contains my CV, project references and skills. My profile is available for download from my website. However, I would claim that this is copyrighted material and personal information that is not free for use without permission. In no way have I ever agreed to being represented by this recruitment agency. In fact, I have explicitly rejected it in written form.
- I find the recruiter's behavior unethical and potentially damaging to my reputation and business. It is staggering what some recruiters are trying to get away with. I don't intend to let them. What are my options with respect to a response?
- What damage could result from this?
- In what ways could the actions of the recruiter be against the law? Areas I can imagine are data protection laws, copyright laws, laws protecting business and personal reputation...
- Are there precedent cases for this kind of "false representation"? Is it common?
- Can you see a rationale behind the recruiter's behavior?