How we use your information
Your privacy is important to us. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of your information.
It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific
occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why
we are using your data.
Why are we collecting your data?
We collect personal data to provide appropriate pastoral care, to monitor and assess the quality of our services,
to fulfil our purposes as a church and to comply with the law. In legal terms this is called ‘legitimate interests’.
When it is required, we may also ask you for your consent to process your data. We do not share your information with
others except as described in this notice.
The categories of information that we may collect, hold and share include:
• Personal information (such as name, telephone number, address and email address)
• Characteristics (such as gender, ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth)
• Special categories of personal data (such as your religious beliefs)
Storing your data
We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including
for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting or reporting requirements.
Security of your data
We take appropriate care to prevent your personal data from being used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or
disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those who need to know. We will not share your
information with third parties without your consent unless the law requires us to do so.
Requesting access to your personal data
Under Data Protection legislation, you have the right to request access to information about you that we hold. To make
a request for your personal information contact the minister or one of the church officers.
You also have the right to:
• object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
• prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
• object to decisions being taken by automated means
• in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
• claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations.
If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with
us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/