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GDPR and Data Privacy
Data Privacy Laws were changed in 2018 to more fully recognise the impact of online personal data sharing and related issues.
Data Privacy, incorporating all aspects (not just online) of personal data held by a body about its members and others is now regulated by the General Data Protection Regulations - GDPR - and has wide-reaching implications for the way the church regulates the data it needs to hold on members and others in order to operate effectively.
What was once seen as 'obvious' and 'normal' is now regulated to ensure both the security of the personal data whilst it is held and e.g. the rights of the 'data subject' (i.e. the church member etc.) to require the church to restrict its use or to cease to hold it at all.
The full data protection package may seem an overkill in the church context but it is the case that as churches tend to operate by seeking to create a network of contacts - members, adherents, social contacts and so on- so there is a danger that personal information can easily spread more widely than intended by the subject of the information.
Our full policy may be downloaded here: