It isn’t, perhaps, the first thing that people think about in connection with a Church, but the law plays a significant part in the way this site -and St. Mary’s Church generally- is allowed to interact with visitors and regulars alike.
A very important part of that interaction involves respecting your privacy, especially given the introduction of the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 25th May, 2018.
The short version of the St. Mary’s policy regarding the GDPR and how it aims to enforce its provisions is as follows:
- We won’t ask for personal data if it isn’t essential for an explicit purpose (for example, if you ask us to email you a response to a query, we will need to collect and use your email address);
- If we do collect your personal data, we will use it only for the specific purpose it was collected for and only with your explicit consent to so use it;
- We will never share your personal data with any third parties, unless under the compulsion of a legal order to do so;
- You have the right to know what personal data we hold about you, a right to have us correct it if it’s found to be incorrect, and a right to ask us to delete it
A rather longer (and more formal!) version of those rights, duties and expectations relating to personal data is available by clicking here.