Privacy Notice

This is the Privacy Notice for CNOOC International’s website.

References to “We” or “CNOOC International” in this statement refers to CNOOC International and/or our affiliates, including but not limited to CNOOC Petroleum Europe Limited, CNOOC Limited, CNOOC International Limited (BVI), CNOOC Petroleum North America ULC and we will be the “controllers” of any personal data you provide via our website. 

This website does not collect any personal data about visitors to this website other than that which is specifically and knowingly provided by you or as is set out in this notice.

This Privacy Notice is made in accordance with applicable data protection law in the United Kingdom (“UK”) including the UK General Data Protection Regulation (“UK GDPR”) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (together referred to as the “data protection legislation”) and the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (2003).

Information we process about your use of the Website

When you visit the website, we may process and maintain statistics relating to the number of visits to the site, the types of browsers used and the Internet Protocol Address of the originator. We use this analytical information to help us understand how visitors use the website and make improvements to the layout, content and/or performance of the site. Further information about our collection of this data and our use of cookies can be found in our cookies policy.  We may also share such information with our affiliate companies. More information on your rights and on how to exercise them is set out below.

Information you provide us through the Website that we may process.

The website features a function where you can create an account and submit an electronic copy of your resume to CNOOC International using our third-party hosted platform to be considered for vacant positions within the group.

You may also provide us with information using the ‘Contact Us’ tool on the site and this information may include your contact details, the nature of your query and any other details you choose to provide using this online form. 

We rely upon your consent to process this information and by electronically submitting any resume or ‘Contact Us’ form to CNOOC International you provide your consent to:

(i) our use of any personal data in that resume (for example, your name, contact details, qualifications, employment history and any other information you have included) or any other information you provide in creating an account on the online portal to determine your suitability for a position with CNOOC International or, in relation to information you provide using the ‘Contact Us’ tool, to respond to your query;

(ii) contact you in relation to the status of your application, any related positions which we are considering your application for and, where using the 'Contact Us' tool, to advise you of the status of your query and to contact you regarding any further information we may require to resolve your request

(iii) CNOOC International contacting any references that you have provided on your provided resume or elsewhere in the application to assess your suitability for a position with CNOOC International; and

(iv) the creation of an employee file if your application is successful, using information in your resume or which you otherwise provide to us if you become an employee of CNOOC International.

How long do we keep your personal data?

We will only hold your information as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes for which it was collected, before making it non-identifiable or deleting it.

CNOOC International will retain a copy of any resume you provide via our website for a period of up to two years to assess you for any additional positions which may arise in the future.

Information you provide using the ‘Contact Us’ tool will be kept for as long as is necessary to answer your query. 

Information may be held for a longer period of time where there is a legal or regulatory reason to do so (in which case it will be deleted once no longer required for the legal or regulatory purpose).

Your right to withdraw your consent to CNOOC International processing your personal data

You have the right to withdraw your consent to CNOOC International processing details relating to your resume or any personal data you provide to us using the ‘Contact Us’ tool at any time, using the contact details outlined  below or using your online portal account (where applicable), although this will not affect any use we have made of your resume prior to you withdrawing your consent.

Security and storage of personal data

We place great importance on the security of all personal data associated with our website users including applicants who submit their resume via CNOOC International’s website. We have security measures in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of personal information under our control. Whilst we cannot ensure or guarantee the security of information online, we use all reasonable efforts to protect it.

There are procedures and technologies to maintain the security of personal data from the point of collection to the point of destruction; these controls protect against the unlawful or unauthorised processing, accidental loss of, or damage to, personal data.

You have the right to access information held about you and to request an amendment or removal of such information if necessary.

Who do we share your personal data with?

Your resume will be held in strict confidence and may be viewed only by the recruiting team and those business staff seeking to fill vacant positions. To host your resume we use a third party who hosts the service from Germany.  We strive to process your information within the countries where CNOOC International has an active presence. If you are located in UK and we process your personal data outside of the UK (such as by our entities within the CNOOC Group for example in Canada or the United States and/or to our authorised third parties located in the European Economic Area and/or the European Union such as France, Germany and Ireland), we will always take required organizational, contractual and legal measures to ensure that your personal data are exclusively processed for the purposes mentioned above and that adequate levels of protection have been implemented in order to safeguard your personal data. These measures include the UK Data Protection Authority the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) approved transfer mechanisms for transfers to third parties such as using contractual provisions that have been approved by the ICO as well as any additional local legal requirements. You can obtain a copy of the safeguards in place for such transfers by contacting us using the details at the end of this Privacy Notice.

The personal data you provide to CNOOC International via this website will be exclusively processed for the purposes referred to in this Privacy Notice and will not be transferred to any third party except:

(i) when submitting a resume where we use a third-party service provider, TalentLink, which hosts the recruitment function of our site. TalentLink will have access to information you provide on your resume, including any references you have provided in the event that we wish to proceed with your application. Your personal data will be processed solely for the purposes in which it is provided and will be retained for a period necessary to comply with our and TalentLink’s legal and administrative requirements;

(ii) when using the ‘Contact Us’ tool where we use a third party to host the platform; or

(iii) if otherwise stated or notified to you at the time of collection.

Your Rights

Dependent on your location and the CNOOC International entity you are engaging with, by law, you may have a number of rights under the both the UK GDPR and the EU General Data Protection Regulation when it comes to your personal data. Further information and advice about your rights can be obtained from the data protection regulator in your country.


What does this mean?

  • 1. The right to be informed

You have the right to be provided with clear, transparent and easily understandable information about how we use your information and your rights. This is why we’re providing you with the information in this Privacy Notice.

  • 2. The right of access

You have the right to obtain access to your information (if we’re processing it), and certain other information (similar to that provided in this Privacy Notice).

This is so you’re aware and can check that we’re using your information in accordance with applicable data protection legislation.

  • 3. The right to rectification

You are entitled to have your information corrected if it’s inaccurate or incomplete (but only where it is no longer required for a legitimate business purpose).

  • 4. The right to erasure

This is also known as ‘the right to be forgotten’ and, in simple terms, enables you to request the deletion or removal of your information where there’s no compelling reason for us to keep using it. This is not a general right to erasure; there are exceptions.

  • 5. The right to restrict processing

You have rights to ‘block’ or suppress further use of your information. When processing is restricted, we can still store your information, but may not use it further. We keep lists of people who have asked for further use of their information to be ‘blocked’ to make sure the restriction is respected in future.

  • 6. The right to data portability

You have rights to obtain and reuse your personal data for your own purposes across different services. For example, if you decide to switch to a new provider, this enables you to move, copy or transfer your information easily between our IT systems and theirs safely and securely, without affecting its usability.

  • 7. The right to object to processing

You have the right to object to certain types of processing, including processing for direct marketing (i.e. if you no longer want to be contacted with potential opportunities).

  • 8. The right to lodge a complaint

You have the right to lodge a complaint about the way we handle or process your personal data with your national data protection regulator.

  • 9. The right to withdraw consent

If you have given your consent to anything we do with your personal data, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time (although if you do so, it does not mean that anything we have done with your personal data with your consent up to that point is unlawful). This includes your right to withdraw consent to us using your personal data for marketing purposes.

We usually act on requests and provide information free of charge, but may charge a reasonable fee to cover our administration costs of providing information for:

  • baseless or excessive/repeated requests; or
  • further copies of the same information.

Alternatively, we may be entitled to refuse to act on the request.

Please consider your request responsibly before submitting it. We will respond as soon as we can. Generally, this will be within one month from when we receive your request but, if the request is going to take longer to deal with, we will come back to you and let you know.

Questions regarding CNOOC International's personal information handling practices can be directed to CNOOC International's Privacy Officer at 1-403-699-4530 or For reference, the Privacy of Personal Information Policy is also available online under the Suppliers Documents sectionof this site.

Changes to this Privacy Notice

This privacy notice may be changed over time. You are advised to regularly review this privacy notice for possible changes. This privacy notice was last updated on 10th November 2022.