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Data Protection and the new regulations (GDPR)

The subject of Data Protection is one which churches should not ignore irrespective of their size or the amount of personal information they hold or process. It is important, however, to see this as a way of ensuring that we, as churches, are helping to protect individuals against the unfair use of their personal information rather than something we have been told we “have to do”. The Baptist Union has been working with our solicitors to support churches in this area particularly as new regulations came in at the end of May 2018.
Useful documents which we have produced on this subject can be accessed by clicking here or using the link 'Data protection documents' on the right

This includes a template policy, sample privacy statements, suggested data retention schedule and some training materials.

Please note that we will update these as and when further information or advice becomes available from the ICO or our solicitors. 

If you have any questions about Data Protection and GDPR which are not covered in the information we have produced, please click here to contact us.


Friday 26 February 2021:
Subject Access Requests, Data Breaches and Brexit

Tuesday 27 March 2018: Information for churches on data protection and GDPR

Click here to download a copy of this video.
Here is a copy of the slides which were used during the presentation.


Training materials for use in a church meeting or similar gathering can be found on our Data Protection Documents page.

The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has responsibility for overseeing the area of Data Protection. Here are some links to information you may find helpful:

General Guide to GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018
Guidance about the fee structure and exemptions from registration

The ICO have sections on their website aimed at 'small businesses'.  They have also produced a helpful guide to IT security. Whilst this is aimed at small businesses it does provide useful guidance for all organisations.

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