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Our Data Policy

Bethesda Christian Fellowship

1. Your personal data - what is it?
Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Identification can be by the information alone, or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller's possession, or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the "GDPR").

2. Who are we?
Bethesda Christian Fellowship is the data controller (contact details below). This means it decides how personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?
Bethesda Christian Fellowship complies with its obligations under the "GDPR" by keeping personal data up-to-date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use personal data for the following purposes: -

    >  To administer membership records;
    >  To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
    >  To manage our employees and list of volunteers;
    >  To maintain our own accounts and records (including processing Gift Aided donations);
    >  To inform you of news, events, activities and services at Bethesda Christian Fellowship;
    >  To publish Church Directory and Prayer Diary
    >  To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public;

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

    >  Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep them informed about news, events, activities and services.
    >  Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law.
    >  Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided:
      >  the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and >  there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.

5. Sharing your personal data
Personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church.

6. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in order to keep you informed about news, events, activities and services until advised otherwise; we retain gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to six years after the calendar year to which they relate and membership records (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data
Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -
    >  The right to request a copy of your personal data which Bethesda Christian Fellowship holds about you;
    >  The right to request that Bethesda Christian Fellowship corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
    >  The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for Bethesda Christian Fellowship to retain such data;
    >  The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time.
    >  The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability).
    >  The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing.
    >  The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.

8. Further processing
If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please, in the first instance, contact the Church Administrator for Bethesda Christian Fellowship at

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.