1.1. We (the congregation) process personal information (also called personal data) about individuals. These include, but are not limited to, office holders, employees, volunteers, members, former members, adherents, contractors, suppliers, and others who are in contact with us for a variety of reasons.
1.2. Personal data is any information from which a person can be identified, directly or indirectly. In addition to basic personal information such as names, contact details etc. It includes opinions expressed about a person and information regarding the intentions of the data controller and third parties about a person. It does not include information which has been appropriately anonymised.
1.3. Processing means anything we do with personal information - for example, collecting, editing, storing, holding, disclosing, sharing, viewing, recording, listening, erasing, deleting etc. We are committed to processing personal information appropriately and lawfully, in terms of the Data Protection Act 2018 (the “2018 Act”) and the General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”).
1.4. This document sets out our data protection policy. It provides some basic information about data protection, including the 7 data protection principles, information regarding special categories of personal data, how we process personal information (including our legal bases for processing), how we keep it secure and where appropriate share it, and how we would deal with any data security breach. It also provides information on the rights of “data subjects” (individuals about whom we hold personal information). It applies to all those involved in processing personal information on our behalf, who must comply with this policy in all respects.
1.5. We have a separate Privacy Notice which outlines the way in which we process personal information provided to us and how long various categories of personal information are retained by us. In general terms, personal information should only be retained for as long as is necessary for the purposes for which it was obtained. Our Privacy Notice is available on our website, and by asking for a copy from the church office.
1.6. This policy does not form part of any contract of employment or contract to provide services. It will be reviewed from time to time to ensure compliance with data protection laws and will be updated as required.
1.7. We take compliance with this policy seriously. Any deliberate or negligent breach of this policy by an employee may result in disciplinary action being taken and may result in dismissal for gross misconduct.
2.1. Personal information will be processed by us in accordance with the 7 GDPR Data Protection Principles, which stipulate that personal information must be:
3.1. These are categories of personal information that are deemed to be more sensitive than others. Additional rules (see under paragraph 4 below) apply to the processing of personal information which falls under any of these categories, which are defined in the GDPR as being “Data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation.”
3.2. A significant amount of personal information held by us will be classed as special category personal data, either specifically or by implication (the mere fact of us holding the information being potentially indicative of a person’s religious beliefs).
4.1. We process personal information on one or more of the following legal bases, where:
4.2. Where we process any special category data (and this will be most of the data we process) we will, in addition to meeting a minimum of one of the legal bases listed in paragraph 4.1 hereof, ensure that one or more of the following applies:
5.1. Everyone who processes personal information on our behalf (including, but not limited to, the minister, office-bearers, employees, volunteers and service providers) must ensure that they do so in line with this policy, our Data Retention Policy and our Privacy Notice, and all in accordance with data protection law.
5.2. Personal information should only be accessed by those who need it in connection with the work they do for us.
5.3. In relation to minutes of meetings of the Kirk Session and Deacons’ Court only individuals specifically authorised by the Kirk Session and/or Deacons’ Court are permitted to receive copies of such minutes and other records. On request extract minutes of the Kirk Session may be provided, at the discretion of the Session.
5.4. Personal information should be processed only for the purposes for which it was obtained.
5.5. Personal information should be accurate.
5.6. Personal information should not be shared with those who are not authorised to receive it. Care should be taken when dealing with any request for personal information, whether by letter, email communication, over the telephone, or otherwise. Identity checks should be carried out if giving out information to ensure that the person requesting the information is either the individual concerned, or someone properly authorised to act on their behalf.
5.7. Hard copy personal information should be stored securely (in lockable storage, where appropriate) and not visible when not in use. Filing cabinets and drawers and/or office doors should be locked when not in use. Keys should not be left in the lock of the filing cabinets/lockable storage.
5.8. Confidential paper waste should be disposed of securely by shredding.
5.9. Any computers being used in a shared area (including in the user’s home) should be shut down, or the user should lock or log off, when leaving them unattended.
5.10. Personal information being processed electronically should always be password protected. Passwords should be kept secure, should be strong and not written down or shared with others.
5.11. Joint or shared email addresses should not be used for processing personal information.
5.12. It is recommended that emails containing personal information should not be sent to or received at a work email address as this might be accessed by third parties.
5.13. If devices have an @freechurch.org account linked to them these should not be accessed on a shared device for which someone else has the pin code or password.
5.14. Personal data should be encrypted if being held off premises.
5.15. Personal data stored electronically should be backed up by our service providers.
5.16. Personal data should never be transferred outside the European Economic Area except in compliance with the law.
6.1. We will only share personal information where we have a legal basis to do so, including for our legitimate interests within the Free Church of Scotland (either within the Presbytery or to enable central databases held within the Church Offices at The Mound, Edinburgh to be maintained and kept up to date). This may require information relating to criminal proceedings or offences or allegations of offences to be processed for the protection of children or adults who may be at risk and to be shared with those within the Church who have designated roles in respect of Safeguarding, or with statutory agencies.
6.2. We will not send any personal information outside the European Economic Area without the explicit consent of those to whom it relates. In the event we do this, protections will be put in place to secure this personal information, in line with the requirements of the GDPR.
7.1. A data breach is where there is accidental or unlawful destruction, loss, alteration, unauthorised disclosure of, or access to, personal data. The most likely causes of a breach will be:
7.2. Should a data security breach occur, and if the breach is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals, then we will notify the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) without undue delay and, where possible, within 72 hours of the time we become aware of the breach. Notification will be coordinated by the church administrator, Donna Macleod (0131 225 3505, email@example.com). If it is judged that the breach does not present a significant risk to the rights and freedoms of any individual, the ICO will not be informed but the event and the reasons for not reporting it will be documented.
8.1. Individuals who are data subjects may ask us for copies of the personal information we hold about them. This request must be made in writing to the church administrator, Donna Macleod (firstname.lastname@example.org) who will coordinate a response within the necessary time limit (maximum 30 days).
8.2. It is a criminal offence to conceal or destroy personal data which is part of a subject access request.
9.1. Data subjects have certain other rights under the GDPR and the 2018 Act. These include the right to know what personal data we are processing, the purposes of such processing, and the legal basis or bases for the processing.
9.2. Data subjects also have the right to request that we have any inaccurate or incomplete personal information rectified, and to have their personal data erased if we are not entitled by law to process it or it is no longer necessary for us to process it for the purpose for which it was collected. In situations where consent is the only legal basis which we have for processing then personal information should be erased if and when the individual revokes that consent.
9.3. All requests to have personal data corrected or erased should be passed to the church administrator, Donna Macleod (0131 225 3505, email@example.com) who will be responsible for responding to them.
10.1. We will require all those engaged in processing personal information to confirm that they have read and accept this policy.
11.1. We will take reasonable steps to satisfy ourselves that all external data processors are GDPR compliant.
12.1. This policy will be reviewed and updated from time to time.