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Data Privacy Statement


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DATA PRIVACY STATEMENT      United Reformed Church, Garstang 

1. Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the ‘GDPR’).  

2. Data Controller The Eldership (serving Elders) of Garstang United Reformed Church is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.  

3. How do we process your personal data? The Eldership of Garstang United Reformed Church complies with its obligations under the GDPR by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. We use personal data for the following purposes: -  

• to administer membership records; 

 to maintain our financial accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid); 

 to provide news and information about events, activities and services at the church;  

for ongoing pastoral care and concern;  

 to fundraise and promote the interests of the church;

 to manage office holders and volunteers; 

 to enable the church to provide voluntary services for the benefit of the public in our local community; 

 to provide contact details of officers and others with specific responsibilities to the synod office and Church House, to enable synod and national administration of the United Reformed Church.  

  4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?  

 Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided:  

 ♦ the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and

  there is no disclosure to a third party without consent; or 

• Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement; or 

Explicit consent of the data subject has been given.  

5. Sharing personal data Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties with your consent.  

6. How long do we keep data? We have agreed a Data Retention policy and schedule based on recommended good practice, and minimise the time we retain data. A copy of the schedule is available on request. Where data has been provided with your consent we will contact you at regular intervals to confirm that the data we hold is correct and that you are happy for us to continue to hold this data. 

7. Your rights and your personal data Unless it is subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -  

The right to request a copy of the personal data which Garstang United Reformed Church holds about you (a Subject Access Request or ‘SAR’);  

The right to request that the Eldership of Garstang United Reformed Church corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;  

The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Garstang United Reformed Church to retain such data;  

The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time;  

The right to request that the data controller provide you with your personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller;  

The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;

The right to object to the processing of personal data;  

The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.  

8. Further processing If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.  

9. Contact Details To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact any Elder, or write to the Church Secretary at [email protected], or at Garstang URC, Croston Road, Garstang, PR3 1FL.  

You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.  

The Elders Garstang United Reformed Church,

9 December 2018


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