Privacy Statement

 Crawley United Reformed Church, Worth Park Avenue, Pound Hill, Crawley, RH10 3DF


1. Personal data

Personal data relates to a living individual who can be identified from the 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. Data Controller

The eldership (serving Elders) of Crawley United Reformed Church is the data controller (contact details below).  This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The eldership of Crawley United Reformed Church complies with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing or 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 maintain our financial accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid);

·                    to provide news and information about events, activities and services at the church;

·                    to fundraise and promote the interests of the church;

·                    to manage [employees and] volunteers;

·                    to enable the church to provide voluntary services for the benefit of the public in our local community;

·                    to provide contact details of officers and others with specific responsibilities (eg DBS signatories) to the synod office and Church House.  This enables the synod and national administration of the United Reformed Church.

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

·        Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -

o   the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and

o   there is no disclosure to a third party without consent; or

·        Processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement; or

·        Explicit consent of the data subject has been given.

5. Sharing personal data
Your 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. We will only share your data with third parties with your consent.

6. How long do we keep data?

Some data will be retained permanently if we are legally required to do so.  Some other records may be kept for an extended period of time, for example it is current best practice to keep financial records for a minimum period of 7 years to support HMRC audits. In general, we will endeavour to keep data only for as long as we need it. This means that we may delete it when it is no longer needed. Full details of the data the church holds, and how long it is retained for, is kept in the Crawley URC Data Register which is held in the church office.

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 the personal data which Crawley United Reformed Church holds about you (a Subject Access Request or ‘SAR’);

·        The right to request that the eldership of Crawley United Reformed Church 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 Crawley United Reformed Church 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 you with your personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller.

·        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 object to the processing of personal data;

·        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 of complaints please in the first instance contact the Church Secretary at the Church Office, Crawley URC, Worth Park Avenue, Crawley, RH10 3DF,

tel: 01293 551709, email:

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.

The Elders
Crawley United Reformed Church
May 2018