Please click to download a copy of our Data Privacy Notice as detailed below.

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the PCC Secretary on 07789 065137.


The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St John the Evangelist, Burgess Hill

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 General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?

The PCC of St John the Evangelist, Burgess Hill is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.
The Church of England is made up of a number of different organisations and office-holders who work together to deliver the Church’s mission in each community. The PCC works together with:

  • the incumbent of the parish (that is, our vicar)
  • the bishops of the Diocese of Chichester; and
  • the Diocesan Office of the Chichester Diocesan Fund and Board of Finance, which isresponsible for the financial and administrative arrangements for the Diocese of Chichester.As the Church is made up of all of these persons and organisations working together, we may need to share personal data we hold with them so that they can carry out their responsibilities to the Church and our community. The organisations referred to above are joint data controllers. This means we are all responsible to you for how we process your data. Each of the data controllers have their own tasks within the Church and a description of what data is processed and for what purpose is set out in this Privacy Notice. This Privacy Notice is sent to you by the PCC on our own behalf and on behalf of each of these data controllers. In the rest of this Privacy Notice, we use the word “we” to refer to each data controller, as appropriate.3. What data do the data controllers listed above process? They will process some or all of the following where necessary to perform their tasks:
  • Names, titles, and aliases, photographs;
  • Contact details such as telephone numbers, addresses, and email addresses;
  • Where they are relevant to our mission, or where you provide them to us, we may processdemographic information such as gender, age, date of birth, marital status, nationality, education/work histories, academic/professional qualifications, hobbies, family composition, and dependents;
  • Where you make donations or pay for activities such as use of a church hall, financial identifiers such as bank account numbers, payment card numbers, payment/transaction identifiers, policy numbers, and claim numbers;
  • The data we process is likely to constitute sensitive personal data because, as a church, the fact that we process your data at all may be suggestive of your religious beliefs.4. How do we process your personal data?

The data controllers (e.g. The PCC of St John’s Burgess Hill) comply with their 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 meet all legal and statutory obligations (which include maintaining andpublishing our electoral roll in accordance with the Church Representation Rules);
  • To carry out comprehensive safeguarding procedures (including due diligence andcomplaints handling) in accordance with best safeguarding practice from time to time with the aim of ensuring that all children and adults-at-risk are provided with safe environments;
  • To minister to you and provide you with pastoral and spiritual care (such as visiting you when you are gravely ill or bereaved) and to organise and perform ecclesiastical services for you, such as baptisms, confirmations, weddings and funerals;
  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area (the parish) as specified in our constitution.
  • To administer membership records; (including maintaining the electoral roll)
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
  • To seek your views or comments;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records;
  • To process a donation that you have made; (including Gift aid information);
  • To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St John’s.
  • Our processing also includes the use of CCTV systems for the prevention and prosecutionof crime.
  1. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?
    • Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and process your gift aid donations and keep you informed about diocesan events.
    • Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
    • Processing is necessary for the performance of a contract; e.g in connection with the hire of Church facilities.
    • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: –
      o the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regularcontact with it in connection with those purposes); and o there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.
  2. Sharing your personal dataYour 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. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.
  1. 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 website1Specifically, 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.
  2. Your rights and your personal dataUnless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: – When exercising any of the rights listed below, 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.
    • §  The right to request a copy of the personal data which we hold about you;
    • §  The right to request that we correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate orout of date;
    • §  The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for usto retain such data;
    • §  The right to withdraw your consent to the processing of data at any time.
    • §  The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/herpersonal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another datacontroller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable)
    • §  The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of yourpersonal 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.
  3. Further processingIf 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.

10. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the PCC Secretary on 07789 065137.

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.

1 Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: – and-archives/records-management-guides

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