GDPR Advice for Churches

Individuals have a right to restrict information being processed about them if they don’t want their data used in a certain way.

Some examples of this could include:

  • If someone has said they don’t want to have a situation talked about in pastoral meetings

  • If someone has said they have had a bereavement (which you record) but that they don’t want a pastoral follow up

  • If someone has gone through a separation and does not want to be asked about their children

The above are just a very few examples of some of the many possible scenarios.  The important thing is that if you record any information about  a person, you must ensure that there is a way to prevent that data being used in a way to which they object.  This is not intended to restrict the storing of data, but to allow the subject to specify how the information can be used.

Your church also needs to make it clear who should be contacted if a person wants to exercise this right.

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