GDPR

GDPR

Is your parish prepared for the change in the law surrounding data protection which comes into play in May 2018?

If not, you'll be relieved to know that there is now a simple two-page guide, along with a whole host of other resources including sample privacy statements and checklists to ensure you are ready for the changes. 

Parishes can use the information to inform a discussion ahead of the compliance date and identify any areas where changes are required. 

What is the GDPR?

The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) will replace the current Data Protection Act (DPA) 1998

While the GDPR contains all the same principles as the DPA, there are some additional requirements, in particular regarding the need to obtain proper consent to retain personal information about a living individual. No longer is it acceptable to assume consent or ask individuals to opt out of having their details recorded by an organisation.

The GDPR will impact across all church organisations and groups that hold and process personal data in whatever form; both electronic records and on paper.

The regulations increase the rights of an individual in respect of how their data is kept and includes “the right to be forgotten”.

What is meant by personal data?

Personal data is any information relating to an identifiable person who can be directly or indirectly identified in particular by reference to an identifier.

This definition is more than what historically was understood as personal data and includes identification numbers, location data and on-line identifiers; this reflects the development of technology and the new methods of recording data. The DPA already applies to images including those recorded on CCTV systems.

There are also particular sections that deal with personal data of children.

What do you need to do?

The actions that parishes and other organisations need to take are:

  • Identify what personal information is held.
  • Appoint a person to be responsible for GDPR.
  • Develop an implementation plan.
  • Communicate to staff, volunteers, and those attending activities about GDPR.

Need help?

Initial guidance has already been circulated to parishes to encourage them to start considering the implications of the regulations. Further advice will continue to be published.

Other sources of information include:

  • The GDPR pages of the Church of England’s National Stewardship & Resources team: www.parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/
  • The Information Commissioner’s Office website www. ico.org.uk
  • Geoff Marsh, Diocesan Secretary, is leading on GDPR and is being assisted by Greg Barry, Deputy Safeguarding Adviser.

Please contact them directly with any queries:

Geoff.marsh@rochester.anglican.org

Greg.barry@rochester.anglican.org


What is the ‘GDPR’, and what do parish PCCs need to do about it?

NB! this session is only open for Tonbridge Archdeconry
27 February - registration from 10:00am, 10:30am - 12:30pm at St Andrew’s Church, Maidstone Road, Paddock Wood, Tonbridge, TN12 6DZ Book here

Open to all
Monday 5 March – registration from 9.30am, 10.00am – 12.00pm at Chancel, Diocesan Office, St Nicholas Church, Boley Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SL Fully booked

Monday 5 March – registration from 6pm, 6.30pm – 8.30pm at Chancel, Diocesan Office, St Nicholas Church, Boley Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SL Book here

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Wednesday 14 March – registration from 1.30pm, 2.00pm – 4.00pm at Chancel, Diocesan Office, St Nicholas Church, Boley Hill, Rochester, Kent ME1 1SL Fully booked




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