GCG and Your Data – Privacy Policy

Your privacy is important to us. We are committed to safeguarding the privacy of your information. Grace Church Gateshead is the organisation responsible for your data. To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, we need to confirm whether you give explicit consent for certain things which Grace Church Gateshead (GCG) does with your data. GCG is the data controller and it processes your data on the basis of its legitimate interests.

Why are we collecting your data? We collect personal data to provide appropriate pastoral care, to fulfil our purposes as a church and to comply with the law regarding data sharing. In legal terms this is called ‘legitimate interests’. We do not share your information with others except as described in this notice.

What data do we hold? Only the personal information (such as name, telephone number, address and email address) which you give us in the form, Grace Church Gateshead and your data1.

What will it be used for? For maintaining a list of church members and others interested in the work of GCG, and for regular communications about church activities (in particular, a weekly church update), and any other necessary communications within church life and activity. If you give your consent, this regular communication will be by email.

How is this data stored? In an electronic spreadsheet which is both encrypted and password-protected. We will contact you annually to check that the information we are holding is accurate and that you agree to us holding it.

Is this data shared with any third parties? If you are not a GCG member, your contact details will not be shared with GCG members or any other third party. If you are a member of GCG and you give consent on the form, your contact details will be shared with other GCG members. You do not have to give this consent, and you may choose for only certain details to be shared with other GCG members. Your data will not be shared with other third parties unless the law requires us to do so.

Requesting access to your personal data: Under Data Protection legislation, you have the right to request access to information about you that we hold. To make a request for your personal information contact Dan Martin.

For further information on how your information is used, how we maintain the security of your information and your rights to access information we hold on you please contact Dan Martin. If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ . If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact: Dan Martin or one of the pastors.