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Data Protection & the GDPR Minimize
 

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A big shake-up in Data Protection law has come into force from 25th May 2018.

 

This is based on the European "General Data Protection Regulation" (GDPR) which was agreed by the UK in 2016, pre-Referendum, and has only now come into force - unaffected by Brexit. 


The Regulation applies directly into UK law from that date but there are some modifications in a new Data Protection Act 2018 which received Royal Assent on 23rd May. 


There are massive consequences for all businesses and organisations which process people's personal data, especially those who depend on mass mail-outs for marketing . The aim is to give individuals more control over how their data is used, by compelling organisations to obtain positive consent for such use, and to tighten up considerably on the security and sharing of such data. . 


Churches are among many charities who are having to review their practices, particularly when it comes to censuses, databases, and IT security


There is an excellent Church Times article here about the spiritual dangers of getting too preoccupied about the concept of privacy and data rights. 


The Diocese has appointed Brin Dunsire to be its Data Protection Manager and he has run a series of eight roadshow sessions around the Diocese during May. He is now engaged in doing follow-up visits to parishes (32 done up to 13th July.) These are likely to continue throughout the summer. If you have not booked one of these yet, get in touch - you do not have to wait for him to contact you. However, he will not be taking any appointments in August or 10th-14th September. 


The roadshow meetings were primarily intended for

  • Parish Priests (assistant priests and Deacons also very welcome)
  • Parish secretaries and administrators
  • Gift Aid organisers
  • Finance Committee Chairs, and other members if they wish


The parish meetings are intended for the same people, dealing with matters specific to each parish rather than generally, but can also include any lay people who organise rotas or parish groups. It has been found necessary to produce a Volunteers' Guide booklet, and this should shortly be available in print, and as another download from the list on the right. 


Schools and Academy trusts are in a different category and should be receiving separate input from their Local Education Authorities. 


   
 
 
Documents and policies Minimize
 

Key documents and policies are available to download as Word documents - just click on the titles.


Presentation slides Part One and Part Two from the Roadshow dates during May ( 2-part PowerPoint, too big to upload as one) 


General Diocesan Privacy Notice


Template for Parish Privacy Notice (insert parish name and logo, and attend to the points in red text)


Diocesan Data Protection Policy  (v.2.2 - slightly amended 8th May)


Diocesan IT Security, Acceptable-use and Passwords policy


"Bring-your-own-device" policy  (use of your own computer or smartphone)


Short privacy and consent clauses for parish documents (slightly amended 16th May)


A Records Retention and Disposal policy is in course of preparation



These may be adapted for parish use, by replacing the titles, graphic etc, and you may change the font and numbering scheme, but if any significant changes to wording are desired, please check them with Brin Dunsire first. 



   
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