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GDPR in the Diocese of Peterborough – An overview of the changing law

Introduction

The law relating to data protection has changed. This will affect all organisations in the UK, including businesses and charities. A new EU regulation called the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is now in force.

As a registered charitable business, which holds data about clergy, licensed ministers and people holding positions within parishes – such as churchwardens and PCC secretaries – the Diocese of Peterborough is legally required to review and refine how it collects, holds, processes, uses and publishes this data.

The purpose of this note is to introduce the GDPR, direct readers to sources of information so they can learn more and prepare their own parishes, and to publish the Peterborough Diocesan Board of Finance privacy notice. This is our commitment to you about how we will treat your personal information and should be read in conjunction with our privacy policy which can be accessed here.

More information on GDPR can be found on the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) website here – https://ico.org.uk/for-organisations/data-protection-reform/.

Further guidance for parishes, provided by the central Church of England team, is also available on the Parish Resources website here – http://www.parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/.

Remember, it remains each parish’s responsibility to ensure it complies with the Data Protection regulations.