Local churches, Circuits and Districts find themselves holding a variety of personal data including details of members and employees. The information accessible from this Data Protection page explains the obligations imposed on Managing Trustees in relation to this data under Data Protection legislation. The guidance helps Managing Trustees to identify what personal data is, how to hold it securely and for what purposes that personal data can be used. This includes Circuit and District directories.
Managing Trustees will find it helpful to refer to the following documents and guidance in the Data Protection Toolkit.
Guidance for Managing Trustees on Data Protection
Data Protection Toolkit
The data protection toolkit is comprised of the following policies, guidance and templates:
* Where a document is marked with a star, it is available on the password protected part of TMCP's website. This is because these policies are internal policies rather than the external facing Privacy Notice. Managing Trustees who do not already have the password, please contact TMCP.
Template Notices, Registers and Forms
Guidelines and Schedules
Videos and Slides:
- Consents and Update on the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) - A TMCP training video talking Managing Trustees through the consents form and PECR
- Data Champions Forum - A recording of the meeting held with District Data Champions on 22nd April 2021
- GDPR Training Webinar 1 - Introduction to GDPR - Initial training video for Methodist Managing Trustees outlining the impact of GDPR and the next steps for Managing Trustees to take to prepare for its introduction on 25th May 2018 and beyond.
- Introduction to GDPR - slides - Slides from the above presentation in .pdf format. If you would like a copy of the original PowerPoint presentation, please contact us via the contact form or by email and we will be pleased to send this out to you.
- RMF Presentation Slides – slides from the presentation given at the Resourcing Mission Forum on 9 May 2018 in pdf format. A video to accompany the slides will be available shortly. In the meantime if you would like Powerpoint version of the slides please contact us via the contact form or by email.
- Training Day Slides - Below are links to PDF copies of the slides from the GDPR training days led by TMCP in Autumn 2019 and hosted by the firms on the Methodist Panel of Solicitors. If you would like a copy of the original PowerPoint (.pptx) presentations, please contact us via the contact form or by email and we will be pleased to send these out to you.
- 9 Steps for Methodist Managing Trustees to Take Now to Comply with GDPR (Updated on 7th June 2018) - Practical steps for Managing Trustees to ensure compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
- Shared Churches and Data Protection Focus Note
- General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Guidance Note – Legislation guidance focusing on the changes brought in by the new GDPR.
- Do’s and Don’ts – A new guidance note summarising the basic steps that Managing Trustees can take (and avoid) to help them to comply with the Data Protection Act and the GDPR.
- Who are the Data Controllers and where to get help? - Information on the role of Data Controller, who they are in the context of the Methodist Church and how and when to contact them.
- New Privacy Notice for Managing Trustees
- It's not all about Consent - New Lawful Bases Guidance
- Data Responsibilities in a Nutshell
- Data Protection Toolkit
- New Data Protection Guidance – News Hub – Article highlighting the next instalment of data protection guidance and templates available on the TMCP website from 6 March 2018.
- GDPR Myths - News Hub – Article challenging some of the common myths about GDPR in the context of the Methodist Church.
- GDPR Changes at a Glance – Chart summarising the changes brought in by the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).
- Data Protection FAQs – A sample of questions frequently asked by Managing Trustees about data protection issues.
- Data Protection Responsibilities in a Nutshell - Summarises the steps that volunteers, ministers and staff within the Church need to take to protect each other's privacy and keep personal information safe. Also available to print in booklet format.
Practical guidance in the form of questions and answers is available via the Parishes Resources website in the Archbishop Council’s Parish Guide to the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). Although aimed at the Church of England and containing much of the same information as the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Guidance Note Managing Trustees may find the guidance of assistance.
Please watch this space for new and upcoming guidance, policies and templates on Data Protection.
What do we do if we receive a data subject access request (SAR)?
Managing Trustees need to be aware that individuals have a legal right to know what data is being held about them by making a Data Subject Access Request (SAR). If you receive a SAR please forward this to TMCP immediately as TMCP currently acts as advisor on “Data Subject Access Requests”.
Although TMCP has devised the SAR Form for an individual to complete and submit, there is no specific format which a request for data should take. If Managing Trustees receive an SAR from an individual then there is a statutory time period of 30 calendar days in which they must respond and Managing Trustees must contact TMCP in its role as data controller at the earliest opportunity. If Managing Trustees fail to take immediate action within the timescales, they could be liable to a fine or legal proceedings could be instigated as a result of non-compliance with the Act. Please refer to Section C3 of the General Data Protection Guidance Note for details of the changes to be brought in under the GDPR.
The working party will be regularly updating the Church on developments so please keep referring back to this page and see the Methodist Church website.
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If you have any general queries on Data Protection please contact TMCP.