This policy was last updated on 6th November 2018.
* personal data means any information relating to an identifiable living person. It could include their name, physical address, email address, telephone number or other contact information, whether at home or at work.
Our commitment to you
We are committed to respecting your privacy and to protecting your personal data. Furthermore, we fully endorse and will adhere to all UK data protection legislation including the principles of the Data Protection Act 1998, any subsequent amendments thereto and all legislation implementing the General Data Protection Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (the “GDPR”).
In particular we will comply with our 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 use reasonable measures 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.
By using any of our websites and by providing us with any personal data, you are consenting to the use of that information as set out in this policy.
Please do not send us any information if you do not want it to be used in this way.
Not all use of personal data requires consent. For example, sometimes personal data may be used where there is a “legitimate interest”, but consent can help inform decisions on whether or not there is a legitimate interest.
Personal data which you provide on behalf of someone else
If you give us information on behalf of someone else, you confirm that the other person has appointed you to act on their behalf and has agreed that you can (i) give consent on their behalf to the processing of their personal data and (ii) receive on their behalf any data protection notices.
How we obtain information about you
You may provide us with personal data in many situations, such as when/if you:
We collect information about you when you engage with us online or by email e.g. when you visit one of our websites, download articles/information from one of our websites, open or forward an email sent by us or engage with us on social media networks. Information may be collected via cookies and similar technologies, as detailed below. We may also take photos/film or CCTV images of you when you visit any of our church premises.
We may also collect information about you from reputable third parties (e.g. Co-Mission churches or third parties that we choose to use e.g. Eventbrite, Ticket Tailor or Brushfire in relation to event bookings) that operate in accordance with UK data protection legislation or other public sources, if this is permitted by law.
Sensitive personal data
The data we collect may constitute sensitive personal data* (e.g. data concerning health in relation to pastoral care/Sunday School classes/children’s clubs/events) but we will only process such data:
We will always treat sensitive personal data with the greatest care.
* GDPR refers to sensitive personal data as ‘special categories of personal data’ (Article 9, GDPR) and includes data consisting of racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person’s sex life or sexual orientation. Personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences are not included within the definition of sensitive personal data under GDPR but similar extra safeguards apply to its processing (Article 10, GDPR).
What is a cookie?
A cookie is a small text file (letters and/or numbers) which is sent to and stored on your computer (or other electronic device). Cookies are used to identify you whenever you visit a website, to remember what you have done on a website to help improve your browsing experience, to remember log-ins or to provide advertising while visiting a particular site.
There are many types of cookies but broadly they can be grouped by purpose:
Cookies can also be grouped according to whether they are ‘first-party’ cookies or ‘third-party’ cookies. The difference is that first-party cookies are placed and controlled by the website you are visiting whereas third-party cookies are placed and controlled by a third-party.
What are pixel tags and web beacons?
Pixel tags and web beacons are tiny graphic images embedded in a web page or in emails to achieve similar purposes as those described above. For example, web beacons can be used to see which email messages are opened or forwarded to enable a better understanding of which types of email messages people are interested in and to help improve communication.
How to manage cookies and control your privacy
You can decide whether or not to accept or reject cookies.
Most web browsers allow some control of most cookies through the browser settings – these settings will typically be found in the ‘options’ or ‘preferences’ menu of your internet browser.
For a video about cookies please visit www.google.co.uk/policies/technologies/cookies.
The exact procedure to prevent new cookies from being installed and how to delete existing cookies depends on which browser you are using but the following links may be helpful:
You can choose to disable cookies in your internet browser but please note that if you delete cookies or decline to accept them you may not be able to use all of the features we offer, or store your preferences; in addition, some of our web pages might not display properly. If you want to turn off the more invasive cookies but leave most other functionality in working order, then a good option is to turn off third-party cookies using your browser settings.
In addition, we recommend that you check your privacy settings on any site which requires you to register or login, and that you never save your passwords in your browser or on your device, other than in a reputable password management system.
The legal basis for processing personal data and how we use your information
We will normally process your data on one or more of the following bases:
We may use your information for some or all the following purposes:
We will only normally use your information for the purpose it was collected (or for similar/related purposes). Your personal data will not be used for an unrelated purpose, save where this continues to be in accordance with the GDPR, in which circumstances we will normally request your consent in advance.
Who your personal data may be shared with
We recognise that your information is valuable and will take all reasonable measures to protect your information while it is in our care. Generally, we will not share your personal data with others outside of CMIT. In most cases, only our employees, workers and volunteers approved by us, will see and process your data. However, there are situations where your data might be made visible to others, for example, where you are a regular at one of our churches, your contact details might be made available to other regulars at that church in the form or a church address book or directory. This is because it is in the legitimate interests of the church family to be able to contact one another and provide care, support and encouragement to one another. In such circumstances, safeguards will be put in place and you will be given the opportunity to update your information and to have your details removed from the church address book or directory.
Your personal data may be transferred to:
We do not sell, rent, distribute or otherwise make personal data commercially available to any third party except as described in this policy or with your prior permission.
Security and protection of your personal data
We use reasonable technical, administrative and physical controls to safeguard your personal data from unlawful use and unauthorised disclosure. In addition we limit access to your personal data to those CMIT employees/workers, volunteers and church elders who need to know and they will only process your personal data on our instructions. In all cases we will ensure that any access or transfer of your personal data is compliant with UK data protection law.
Where we use third parties (see above) to provide elements of our service and/or to process data on our behalf they are bound by law or contract to protect your personal data and only use it in accordance with our instructions. We only allow third parties to handle your personal data on the understanding that they will keep the information confidential.
We normally only store your personal data within the European Economic Area (“EEA”). If one of our service providers (e.g. a payment gateway provider or payment processor such as Eventbrite, an online form builder such as Cognito Forms or an online server/storage provider such as Google/Microsoft Office) needs to transfer your personal data outside of the EEA then we will either ensure a data protection level equal to the one in the EEA or we will obtain your consent to the transfer. For example, if you book onto one of our training courses through Eventbrite, if you complete our safeguarding application form/self-declaration form or if we store your personal data on Google Drive’s secure servers they may transfer your personal data outside of the EEA as they are US organisations – these third party organisations do however participate in and comply with the EU-US Privacy Shield Framework and accordingly the European Union allows the transfer.
All our staff who have access to personal and/or confidential information are subject to confidentiality obligations and may be subject to discipline including dismissal if they fail to meet these obligations. Volunteers who process personal information on our behalf are also required to comply with our Data Protection Policy.
While we will use all reasonable efforts to safeguard your personal data you acknowledge that the use of the internet is not entirely secure and understand that we cannot guarantee the security or integrity of any personal data that is transferred from you or to you via the internet. If you want detailed information on how to protect your information and your computers and devices against fraud, identity theft, viruses and other online problems you can visit www.getsafeonline.org, which is supported by HM Government and leading businesses.
We may collect and process personal data of children below the age of 13 (which is received from their parent/guardian) for the purposes of registering them for Sunday School,
a children/youth club or an event. If you learn that a child under 13 has provided us with personal information without consent, please contact us.
Links to third party sites
We want to ensure you remain in control of your personal data. Part of this is making sure you understand your legal rights.
You have a number of legal rights under applicable data protection legislation in relation to the personal data that we hold about you, including:
You can exercise your rights by contacting us. Please note that we usually act on requests and provide information free of charge. We may however be entitled to refuse to act on a request and we may charge a reasonable fee in relation to our administrative costs if the request is baseless, excessive or repeated.
We will respond to you as soon as we can. This will generally be within one month from the date we receive your request but if your request is going to take longer to deal with we will let you know.
How to opt out of receiving marketing materials
You have the right to opt out from receiving marketing materials (including fundraising materials) from us. You can do this by contacting us or by replying to the correspondence and requesting an update to your correspondence settings.
Making a privacy complaint
If you want to submit a written complaint about how we handle your personal data, please contact us or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you make a privacy complaint, we will respond to let you know how your complaint will be handled. We may ask you for further details, consult with other parties and keep records regarding your complaint.
Contact and further information
This policy is subject to change from time to time. Changes may be made when our practices change or when data privacy laws are updated. You should therefore check this policy regularly to ensure that you are aware of any changes.