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I have recently withdrawn a job offer due to receiving an unsatisfactory reference. The applicant has now made a subject access request to see the reference provided by her previous employer. However, on our reference forms we ask the person providing the reference to sign for whether they do or do not give permission for the reference to be shared. In this case the person providing the reference has not deleted either 'do' or 'do not' and therefore has not given permission either way. Does anyone know where I stand legally in terms of sharing this reference under a subject access request? We do have a legal helpline with our insurance & I will contact them after the Easter weekend, but wondered if anyone knew the answer in the meantime? Thank you.

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