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Data Privacy Notice

The Vicar and Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter’s Church, Burnham


1. Your personal data – what is it?


Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the Data Protection Act 2018.


2. Who are we?


The Vicar and PCC of St Peter’s Church, Burnham are joint data controllers.  This means they decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.


3. How do we process your personal data?


The Vicar and PCC of St Peter’s Church, Burnham complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.


We use your personal data for the following purposes: -


  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in the ecclesiastical parish of Burnham;

  • To administer membership records;

  • For fundraising and to promote the interests of the church;

  • To manage our employees and volunteers;

  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);

  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St Peter’s Church;


4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?


  • Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;


  • You have provided us with your consent by subscribing on our news page or by ticking a box on one of our standard forms;


  • Processing is permitted by a not-for-profit religious body under legitimate Interest provided: -

  • the processing to keep you informed about news, events, activities and services relates only to members or former members (or those who have contact with it in connection with those purposes); and

  • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.


5. Sharing your personal data


Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church.


6. How long do we keep your personal data ?


We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website at


Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.


7. Your rights and your personal data


Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -


  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the Vicar and PCC of St Peter’s Church, Burnham holds about you;

  • The right to request that the Vicar and PCC of St Peter’s Church, Burnham corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;

  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the Vicar and PCC of St Peter’s Church, Burnham to retain such data;

  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time

  • The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data in a commonly used format, (known as the right to data portability)

  • The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;

  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable)

  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.


8. Further processing


If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection 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.


9. Contact Details


To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints please in the first instance contact the Parish Administrator at


You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

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