The Parish of St. Francis’ R.C., Hill Chapel, Goosnargh



In May of this year the existing Data Protection Act (DPA), is to be replaced by the new General Data Protection Regulation, or G.D.P.R. The regulation gives individuals more rights and protection in how their personal data is used by organisations. Parishes must comply with its requirements, just like any other charity or organisation and the following is inteded to inform parishioners.


There are several underlying principles including, that personal data:

·         will be used lawfully, fairly and transparently

·         is only used for a specific purpose that the subject is aware of and no other without additional consent

·         collected data should be ‘adequate, relevant and limited’

·         must be accurate and kept up-to-date

·         should be stored for no longer than is necessary and that storage is safe and secure.


As a parish we wish to fully comply with the regulation and to keep parishioners fully informed about the data we hold. Your privacy is important to us and we want to communicate with you in a way which you have agreed to. The Parish Pastoral Council has produced a ‘Data Privacy Notice’ available here and, in hard format, on the notice board at the back of the church. For those unable to access the web-site, printed copies are available on request from the church collectors.


Additionally, to enable us to communicate with you, we now need your consent as to how we are to do this. We would like all parishioners to complete a GDPR consent form. The form is easy to complete and describes fully what information we are seeking and how we are to use it. For those members of the weekly envelope scheme a form and envelope will be issued with your new box of envelopes for the coming financial year. A blank consent template will be published on the parish web-site here and printed blank forms are also available from the church collectors. Please only return your completed and signed form by either giving it personally to a church collector after a service or by posting or pushing it through the presbytery letter box. All forms will be processed in strict confidence and stored in a secure locked cabinet within the sacristy.


You can withdraw or change your consent at any time by contacting the PPC Secretary at the church address.

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