Lifehouse Church uses personal data for the purpose of general church administration and communication. We are committed to protecting your privacy, and promise to respect your personal information and do all we can to keep it safe.
We aim to be clear about how we obtain your details and only process them in ways we believe you would reasonably expect. This includes not selling or sharing personal details with third parties for the purposes of their marketing.
We are legally obliged to use your information in line with the law concerning the protection of personal information included in the General Data Protection Regulation 2018.
Lifehouse Church fully endorses and adheres to the eight data protection principles. These principles specify the legal conditions that must be satisfied in relation to obtaining, handling, processing, transportation and storage of personal data. Lifehouse Church staff and volunteers who obtain, handle, process, transport and store personal data must adhere to these principles.
- Personal data shall be processed fairly and lawfully
- Personal data shall be obtained only for one or more specified and lawful purposes, and shall not be further processed in any manner incompatible with that purpose or those purposes.
- Personal data shall be adequate, relevant and not excessive in relation to the purpose or purposes for which they are processed.
- Personal data shall be accurate and, where necessary, kept up to date.
- Personal data processed for any purpose or purposes shall not be kept for longer than is necessary for that purpose or those purposes.
- Personal data shall be processed in accordance with the rights of data subjects under this Act.
- Appropriate technical and organisational measures shall be taken against unauthorised or unlawful processing of personal data and against accidental loss or destruction of, or damage to, personal data.
- Personal data shall not be transferred to a country or territory outside the European Economic Area unless that country or territory ensures an adequate level of protection for the rights and freedoms of data subjects in relation to the processing of personal data.
Personal information will not be passed onto any third parties outside of the church environment. We do not sell or pass any of your personal information to any other organisations and/or individuals without your express consent unless required, by law.
The Church may collect and store sensitive personal information such as health information, religious information (church attendance) when you and/or your family attend or register for church events. Your personal information will be kept strictly confidential.
When possible, we use publicly available sources to keep your records up to date and accurate. We also take appropriate measures to ensure that information is only kept for as long as is necessary and only for the purpose for which it was given. However, we would really appreciate it if you let us know if your contact or personal details change, as this gives us consent to use the updated information and continue to communicate with you.
We always aim to communicate with you respectfully, effectively and efficiently. When you sign up, we give you clear choices and we include information on how to change your communication preferences whenever we contact you. You can opt out of these communications at any time; just let us know by contacting email@example.com or by deselecting the appropriate option(s) on your communications and privacy options on MyChurchSuite.
Those authorised to use the database only have access to their specific area of use within the database. This is controlled by the Data Controller and other specified administrators. These are the only people who can access and set these security parameters.
Lifehouse Church will treat all your personal information as private and confidential and not disclose any data about you to anyone other than the leadership and ministry overseers/co-coordinators of the church in order to facilitate the administration and day-to-day ministry of the church.
All Lifehouse Church staff and volunteers who have access to Personal Data will be required to agree to sign a Confidentiality Policy and a Data Protection Policy.
Lifehouse Church will use your data for three main purposes:
- The day-to-day administration of the church; e.g. pastoral care and oversight including calls and visits, preparation of ministry rotas, maintaining financial records of giving for audit and tax purposes.
- Contacting you to keep you informed of church services, activities and events.
- Statistical analysis; gaining a better understanding of church demographics. N.B. although collated church data may be passed to a third party, such as number of small groups or attendance, no personal data will be disclosed
Rights to Access Information
If you want to access your information you should make the request in writing to the Data Protection Officer, using the standard letter which is available online from www.ico.gov.uk. We do not accept these requests by email.
Please address all correspondence to:
FAO: The Data Protection Officer, Lifehouse Church, 90 Chatsworth Road, Chesterfield, S40 2AN
If you have any questions, please contact The Data Protection Officer 01246 237815 or firstname.lastname@example.org or for further information, see the Information Commissioner’s guidance at www.ico.org.uk