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Data Privacy Statement 

Guildford United Reformed Church,  Portsmouth Road, Guildford. GU2 4BS 

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Please note: This is not the master copy. You can access the master GURC Privacy Notice on the GURC web site as a PDF file.

The text of the version here was last updated 24th May 2018 from the April 2018 master. We last checked that the April 2018 master remained current on 4th February 2023

1. Personal data 

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. Data Controller  

The eldership (serving elders) of Guildford United Reformed Church is the data controller (contact details in section 9 below). This means it decides how your personal data is processed and for what purposes. All data is managed, stored and processed within the UK/EU. 

3. How do we process your personal data? 

The eldership of Guildford United Reformed Church 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: -

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

 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? 

We retain data on the following basis: 

Below is a list of record types and the retention period (with reason) for each:

Membership rolls 

Indefinitely for historical records 

Contact details of Members, adherents and friends  

24 months after the last contact for purposes connected with the church's activities 

Cradle roll 

Indefinitely for historical records 

Gift aid declarations and paperwork 

6 years after the tax year to which it relates for legal requirement 

Registers of Marriage

As required by the Registrar General for legal requirement 

Register of Baptisms 

Indefinitely  for legal requirement 

Personal data relating to events for which additional information is gathered  

Disposed of immediately after the event unless anything has occurred (eg an accident) which indicates that records should be retained for a longer period.

Records of attendance of children/young people and helpers 

Indefinitely for safeguarding purposes 

Insurance Records 

6 years after the calendar year to which it relates for legal requirement 

Safeguarding matters

Indefinitely or until advised otherwise by authorities. Legitimate interest requirement.

Accident Books 

3 years from the date of the last entry (or, if the accident involves a child/ young adult, then until that person reaches the age of 21) for legal requirement 

Complaints (non-safeguarding) 

3 years after resolution of complaint (unless further action is anticipated) in case follow up is necessary

Minute Books

Indefinitely for historical records

Employee Records

6 years after the date of termination of employment for legal requirement 

Pension Records (money purchase) 

6 years after transfer or value taken for legal requirement

Photographs and videos of events

24 months after the event – selected items retained for historical records

Web site & Social media

Data used with permission 

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: - 

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 Secretary at secretary@guildfordurc.org.uk  

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email https://ico.org.uk/global/contact-us/email/ or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.  


The Elders 

Guildford United Reformed Church 

Date: April 2018