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Privacy Statement and Data Protection Policy

We highly value the personal data you share with us. Maybridge Community Church complies with the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). All your personal data will be held by Maybridge Community Church, and used in accordance with this Act for the purposes it was obtained.

By submitting your details, you consent to us storing your information for the purposes described. If you do not wish for us to do this, please do not submit your details. You can contact us to have your details removed from our systems at any time.  Please note this will mean we will be unable to contact you regarding pastoral care, events you have registered for, or for any other purposes. We will not share your data with any third parties unless required to do so by law.

A full copy of our Privacy Statement and Data Protection Policy (April 2024) is available from our church office (email info@maybridge.org.uk or call 01903 700522) and is reproduced below:

Full Privacy Statement and Data Protection Policy:

Maybridge Community Church

Registered Charity No. 1196830

Data Controller: Maybridge Community Church, 77 The Strand, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 6DR.

Charitable Incorporated Organisation Registered No. 1196830, known as Maybridge Community Church.

Data Protection Lead: Phil Coram, Operations Director

Date of Policy: 22nd April 2024

This is the privacy statement and data protection policy for Maybridge Community Church. It covers how we will process (use and store) your data, what data we hold, your individual rights and how you can interact with us about your data. As with all policy statements, it is a bit wordy! But don’t let this put you off, and if you need to you are welcome to get in touch with our Data Protection Lead. We are here to help. This policy covers our use of Personal data, which is any information about a living individual which allows them to be identified from that data (for example a name, photographs, videos, email address, or address). Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information.  Our processing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Act 2018 and General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR). 

Who are we? 

This Privacy Notice is provided to you by Maybridge Community Church, Registered Charity No. 1196830 which is the Data Controller for your data. Maybridge Community Church has appointed a number of responsible people for the control and processing of personal data that we hold. These post-holders have been trained in GDPR requirements and a list of the individuals can be inspected at the Church Office by request. For clarity, the term Data Controller covers all employed staff members, office holders and trustees for Maybridge Community Church.  

So, how is your data used and processed? 

Maybridge Community Church processes data containing:

As a Data Controller, all our appointed persons will comply with their legal obligations to keep personal data up to date; to store and destroy it securely; to not collect or retain excessive amounts of data; to keep personal data secure, and to protect personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and to ensure that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data. If you have any concerns about how your data is being used, please speak with our Data Protection Lead: Phil Coram.

What are we doing with your data?

We only hold data that either we are legally obliged to or that helps us fulfil our missional and charitable aims as a church. We are a membership organisation (Partnership) and good communication with our Partnership and participants is an essential part of being church. 

Therefore, we will hold and process data to: 

What is our legal basis for processing your personal data? 

Most of our data is processed because it is necessary for our legitimate interests to enable our charitable and missional aims. For example, maintaining Partnership / participation records, safeguarding our children, recording our financial donations and operating team rotas for the effective function of Sunday services and other church and community activities.

Some of our processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation. Retaining safeguarding records and gift aid declarations are examples of this.

We may also process data if it is necessary for the performance of a contract with you, or to provide a direct service to you. For example, if you buy tickets for a church event.

As a religious organisation, we are permitted to process information about your religious beliefs to administer Partnership or contact details.

Where your information is used other than in accordance with one of these legal bases, we will first obtain your consent to that use. 

Will we share your data? 

You can be reassured that we will treat your personal data as strictly confidential. It will only be shared with third parties where it is necessary for the performance of our tasks or where you first give us your prior consent. It is likely that we will need to share your data with some or all the following (but only where necessary): 

How long will we keep your personal data? 

Our general rule is to keep data no longer than necessary. Where you continue to actively engage with our church services, activities and events, we will retain the appropriate Partnership/participation data for you so that we can best serve your involvement. We operate to an annual process of review, by which we assess who is actively engaging in church life, and where this is not the case we will remove your data. Additionally, we will keep some records permanently if we are legally required to do so. For example, this covers some safeguarding records. We may keep some other records for an extended period of time. For example, it is current best practice to keep financial records for a minimum period of seven years to support HMRC audits.  

What are your rights in regards to your personal data?

You have the following rights with respect to your personal data:

When exercising any of the rights listed above, in order to process your request, we may need to verify your identity for your security. In such cases we will need you to respond with proof of your identity before you can exercise these rights.

Transfer of Data Abroad

Any electronic personal data transferred to countries or territories outside the UK will only be placed on systems complying with measures giving equivalent protection of personal rights either through international agreements or contracts approved by the UK and/or European Union. Our website is also accessible from overseas so on occasion some personal data (for example in a newsletter) may be accessed from overseas, however it is our general practice not to publish any personal data on our website or in our printed communications.  

Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.  

You are very welcome to get in contact with us…

If you have any queries or concerns about how we use your data, please do get in contact with us. Our Data Protection lead is Phil Coram (Operations Director) and can be contacted at:

Address: Maybridge Community Church, 77 The Strand, Worthing, West Sussex BN12 6DR

Email: info@maybridge.org.uk

Tel: 01903 700522