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Data Protection and the GDPR 

The purpose of this page is to assist clergy and parish officers in their compliance with data protection legislation. If you are seeking information on how the diocese complies with data protection legislation, please visit this page - Data Protection and Privacy

Slides from the Area Data Protection Training events can be downloaded here

From 25 May 2018 data protection law changed significantly with the introduction of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). 

The National Church have prepared very useful guidance to help PCCs in their compliance with the GDPR. This contains samples and templates for some documents which will be required under the GDPR. 

The guidance can be found on thie Parish Resources website.  

Please refer to this website periodically as the material on it is being updated periodically. Most recently a template privacy notice for enrolement on the parish electoral roll has been added. You will also find an FAQs document has been added and specific guidance on fundraising events and giving reviews have also been added. 

All parishes process personal data. 'Processing' is a term which covers all possible uses of personal data, obtaining, sharing, storing, deleting etc. Personal data should be processed in accordance with the principles which are set out in the GDPR.

Detail on these principles can be found here -

To assist PCCs to adhere to these principles it is recommended that each Parochial Church Council (PCC) have a Data Protection Policy, Privacy Notice and Written Procedures. It is also recommended that they appoint someone or a small group to lead on Data Protection issues and consider how the PCC complies with the law. Even though PCCs are not obliged to have a Data Protection Officer they will need someone to oversee the work and assist with compliance. 

Data Controllers need to pay an annual fee to the ICO, unless they are exempt. There is an online self assessment, which may help to determine whether data controller is exempt - ICO self-assessment

The ICO website also contains helpful guidance on complying with Data Protection law. 

Parish records

Over time, PCCs acquire a great deal of records. The National Church have prepared guidance on retention of these files - Keep or Bin? . 

For more information please contact Nathan Whitehead
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