Data Protection

Privacy Notice




 (the “Congregation”)



Purpose of this Notice

This Privacy Notice outlines the way in which the Congregation will use personal information provided to us.  Personal information includes any information that identifies you personally, such as your name, address, email address or telephone number.

The Congregation recognises the importance of your privacy and personal information and we have therefore outlined below how we use, disclose and protect this information. The Congregation, jointly with the Presbytery of Dundee is the data controller, because we decide how your data are processed and for what purpose.  Contact details for us are provided below.

How we use information

We use the information you give to us:

  • to administer membership records, including a Communion Roll and Supplementary Roll;
  • for pastoral care purposes;
  • in relation to participation in Congregational activities ;
  • to provide you with information about news, events, and activities within the Congregation or the wider Church of Scotland;
  • to provide the services of a parish church to the local community;
  • to fulfill contractual or other legal obligations;
  • to manage our employees;
  • to further our charitable aims, for example through fundraising activities;
  • to maintain our accounts and records (including the processing of Gift Aid applications);
  • if CCTV is in place we have this for the prevention and detection of crime.

Disclosure of information

The Congregation will only share your personal information where this is necessary for the purposes set out above. Information will not be shared with any third party outwith the Church of Scotland without your consent unless we are obliged or permitted to do so by law.

Basis for processing personal information

The Congregation processes your information in the course of its legitimate activities, with appropriate safeguards in place, as a not-for-profit body with a religious aim and on the basis that our processing relates solely to members, former members or people who have regular contact with us, and that this information is not disclosed to any third party without your consent.

We also process information where this is necessary for compliance with our legal obligations; where processing is necessary for the purposes of our legitimate interests and such interests are not overridden by your interests or fundamental rights and freedoms; and where you have given consent to the processing of your information for a particular purpose.

Storage and security of personal information

The Congregation will strive to ensure that personal information is accurate and held in a secure and confidential environment.  We will keep your personal information for as long as you are a member or adherent or have regular contact with us or so long as we are obliged to keep it by law or may need it in order to respond to any questions or complaints or to show that we treated you fairly.   We may also keep it for statistical purposes but if so we will only use it for that purpose.  When the information is no longer needed it will be securely destroyed or permanently rendered anonymous.  [Further information about our data retention policy is available at our website

Getting a copy of your personal information

You can request details of the personal information which the Congregation holds about you by contacting us using the contact details given below.

Inaccuracies and Objections

If you believe that any information the Congregation holds about you is incorrect or incomplete or if you do not wish your personal information to be held or used by us please let us know.  Any information found to be incorrect will be corrected as quickly as possible.

You have the right to object to our use of your personal information, or to ask us to remove or stop using your personal information if there is no need for us to keep it.  There may be legal or other reasons why we need to keep or use your data, but please tell us if you think that we should not be using it.

If we are processing your data on the basis of your explicit consent, you can withdraw your consent at any time.  Please contact us if you want to do so.

Contact us

You can contact us by getting in touch with the Minister at 01283 770212.

How to complain

You have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office about anything relating to the processing of your personal information by the Congregation.  You can contact the ICO via its website at or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.
















Privacy Notice


The Kirk Session/ Congregational Board of



(the “Employer”)

The Employer collects and processes personal data relating to its employees to manage the employment relationship. We are committed to being transparent about how we collect and use that data and to meeting our data protection obligations.

What information do we collect?

We collect and process a range of information about you. This includes:

  • your name, address and contact details, including email address and telephone number, date of birth and gender;
  • the terms and conditions of your employment;
  • details of your qualifications, skills, experience and employment history, including start and end dates, with previous employers and with the organisation;
  • information about your remuneration, including entitlement to benefits such as pensions, childcare vouchers or insurance cover;
  • details of your bank account and national insurance number;
  • information about your marital status, next of kin, dependants and emergency contacts;
  • information about your nationality and entitlement to work in the UK;
  • information about your criminal record;
  • details of your schedule (days of work and working hours) and attendance at work;
  • details of periods of leave taken by you, including holiday, sickness absence, family leave and sabbaticals, and the reasons for the leave;
  • details of any disciplinary or grievance procedures in which you have been involved, including any warnings issued to you and related correspondence;
  • assessments of your performance, including appraisals, performance reviews and ratings, training you have participated in, performance improvement plans and related correspondence;
  • information about medical or health conditions, including whether or not you have a disability for which the organisation needs to make reasonable adjustments;
  • details of trade union membership; and
  • equal opportunities monitoring information, including information about your ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health and religion or belief.

We collect this information in a variety of ways. For example, data is collected through application forms, CVs or resumes; obtained from your passport or other identity documents such as your driving licence; from forms completed by you at the start of, or during employment; from correspondence with you; or through interviews, meetings or other assessments.

We also collect personal data about you from third parties, such as references supplied by former employers and, where applicable, information from criminal records checks permitted by law.

Data is stored in a range of different places, including in your personnel file and on our IT systems (including the email system).

Basis for processing personal data

We need to process data to enter into an employment contract with you and to meet our obligations under your employment contract. For example, we need to process your data to provide you with an employment contract, to pay you in accordance with your employment contract and to administer pension and benefit entitlements.

In some cases, we need to process data to ensure that we are complying with our legal obligations. For example, we are required to check an employee’s entitlement to work in the UK, to deduct tax, to comply with health and safety laws and to enable employees to take periods of leave to which they are entitled. For certain positions, it is necessary to carry out criminal records checks to ensure that individuals are permitted to undertake the role in question.

In other cases, we have a legitimate interest in processing personal data before, during and after the end of the employment relationship. Processing employee data allows us to:

  • run recruitment and promotion processes;
  • maintain accurate and up-to-date employment records and contact details (including details of who to contact in the event of an emergency), and records of employee contractual and statutory rights;
  • operate and keep a record of disciplinary and grievance processes, to ensure acceptable conduct within the workplace;
  • operate and keep a record of employee performance and related processes, to plan for career development, and for succession planning and workforce management purposes;
  • operate and keep a record of absence and absence management procedures, to allow effective workforce management and ensure that employees are receiving the pay or other benefits to which they are entitled;
  • obtain occupational health advice, to ensure that we comply with duties in relation to individuals with disabilities, meet our obligations under health and safety law, and ensure that employees are receiving the pay or other benefits to which they are entitled;
  • operate and keep a record of other types of leave (including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and shared parental leave), to allow effective workforce management, to ensure that we comply with duties in relation to leave entitlement, and to ensure that employees are receiving the pay or other benefits to which they are entitled;
  • ensure effective business administration;
  • provide references on request for current or former employees;
  • respond to and defend against legal claims; and
  • maintain and promote equality in the workplace.

Where we rely on legitimate interests as a reason for processing data, we have considered whether or not those interests are overridden by the rights and freedoms of employees or workers and have concluded that they are not.

Some special categories of personal data, such as information about health or medical conditions, is processed to carry out employment law obligations (such as those in relation to employees with disabilities and for health and safety purposes). Information about trade union membership is processed to allow us to operate check-off for union subscriptions.

We process other special categories of personal data, such as information about ethnic origin, sexual orientation, health or religion or belief. This is done for the purposes of equal opportunities monitoring. Data that we use for these purposes is anonymised or is collected with the express consent of employees, which can be withdrawn at any time. Employees are entirely free to decide whether or not to provide such data and there are no consequences of failing to do so.

Who has access to data?

Your information will be shared internally, including with members of the [Kirk Session/Congregational Board], your line manager [and insert any others].

We share your data with third parties in order to obtain pre-employment references from other employers and obtain necessary criminal records checks from Disclosure Scotland.

We also share your data with third parties that process data on our behalf in connection with [INSERT if relevant: payroll and the provision of occupational health services].

How do we protect data?

We take the security of your data seriously. We have internal policies and controls in place to try to ensure that your data is not lost, accidentally destroyed, misused or disclosed, and is not accessed except by those in the performance of their duties.

Where we engage third parties to process personal data on our behalf, we do so on the basis of written instructions, are under a duty of confidentiality and are obliged to implement appropriate technical and organisational measures to ensure the security of data.

For how long do we keep data?

We will hold your personal data for the duration of your employment. The periods for which your data is held after the end of employment are set out in the Data Retention Policy.

Your rights

As a data subject, you have a number of rights. You can:

  • access and obtain a copy of your data on request;
  • require us to change incorrect or incomplete data;
  • require us to delete or stop processing your data, for example where the data is no longer necessary for the purposes of processing;
  • object to the processing of your data where we are relying on our legitimate interests as the legal ground for processing; and
  • ask us to stop processing data for a period if data is inaccurate or there is a dispute about whether or not your interests override our legitimate grounds for processing data.

If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact [insert name and contact details].

If you believe that we have not complied with your data protection rights, you can complain to the Information Commissioner. You can contact the ICO on its website at or at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

What if you do not provide personal data?

You have some obligations under your employment contract to provide us with data. In particular, you are required to report absences from work and may be required to provide information about disciplinary or other matters under the implied duty of good faith. You may also have to provide us with data in order to exercise your statutory rights, such as in relation to statutory leave entitlements. Failing to provide the data may mean that you are unable to exercise your statutory rights.

Certain information, such as contact details, your right to work in the UK and payment details, have to be provided to enable us to enter a contract of employment with you. If you do not provide other information, this will hinder our ability to administer the rights and obligations arising as a result of the employment relationship efficiently.






St Luke’s & Queen St Church of Scotland

Data Protection Policy

(29 Jun 18)























  1. Overview


  1. Data Protection Principles


  1. Personal Data


  1. Special Category Data


  1. Processing


  1. How personal data should be processed


  1. Privacy Notice


  1. Consent


  1. Security


  1. Sharing personal data


  1. Data security breaches


  1. Subject access requests


  1. Data subject rights


  1. Contracts


  1. Review


Data Protection Policy


  • Overview


  • The congregation takes the security and privacy of personal information seriously. As part of our activities we need to gather and use personal information about a variety of people including members, former members, adherents, employees, office-holders and generally people who are in contact with us. The Data Protection Act 2018 (the “2018 Act”) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) regulate the way in which personal information about living individuals is collected, processed, stored or transferred.


  • This policy explains the provisions that we will adhere to when any personal data belonging to or provided by data subjects, is collected, processed, stored or transferred on behalf of the congregation. We expect everyone processing personal data on behalf of the congregation (see paragraph 5 for a definition of “processing”) to comply with this policy in all respects.


  • The congregation has a separate Privacy Notice which outlines the way in which we use personal information provided to us. A copy can be obtained from the Minister (until his retiral or resignation as Data Protection Officer).


  • All personal data must be held in accordance with the congregation’s Data Retention Policy, which must be read alongside this policy. A copy of the Data Retention Policy can be obtained from [insert as per 1.3 above]. Data should only be held for as long as necessary for the purposes for which it is collected.


  • This policy does not form part of any contract of employment (or contract for services if relevant) and can be amended by the congregation at any time. It is intended that this policy is fully compliant with the 2018 Act and the GDPR. If any conflict arises between those laws and this policy, the congregation intends to comply with the 2018 Act and the GDPR.


  • Any deliberate or negligent breach of this policy by an employee of the congregation may result in disciplinary action being taken in accordance with our disciplinary procedure. It is a criminal offence to conceal or destroy personal data which is part of a subject access request (see Paragraph 12 below) and such conduct by an employee would amount to gross misconduct which could result in dismissal.




  • Data Protection Principles


  • Personal data will be processed in accordance with the six ‘Data Protection Principles.’ It must:


  • be processed fairly, lawfully and transparently;
  • be collected and processed only for specified, explicit and legitimate purposes;
  • be adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed;
  • be accurate and kept up to date. Any inaccurate data must be deleted or rectified without delay;
  • not be kept for longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed; and
  • be processed securely.


We are accountable for these principles and must be able to demonstrate compliance.


  • Definition of personal data


  • “Personal data” means information which relates to a living person (a “data subject”) who can be identified from that data on its own, or when taken together with other information which is likely to come into the possession of the data controller. It includes any expression of opinion about the person and an indication of the intentions of the data controller or others, in respect of that person. It does not include anonymised data.


  • This policy applies to all personal data whether it is stored electronically, on paper or on other materials.


  • Definition of special category personal data


  • Special category personal data’ is personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership; genetic or biometric data; data concerning health; or data concerning a person’s sex life and sexual orientation.


  • A significant amount of personal data held by the congregation will be classed as special category personal data, either specifically or by implication, as it could be indicative of a person’s religious beliefs.


  • Definition of processing


  • ‘Processing’ means any operation which is performed on personal data, such as collection, recording, organisation, structuring or storage; adaption or alteration; retrieval, consultation or use; disclosure by transmission, dissemination or otherwise making available; and restriction, destruction or erasure.


  • How personal data should be processed


  • Everyone who processes data on behalf of the congregation has responsibility for ensuring that the data they collect and store is handled appropriately, in line with this policy, our Data Retention policy and our Privacy Notice.


  • Personal data should only be accessed by those who need it for the work they do for or on behalf of the congregation. Data should be used only for the specified lawful purpose for which it was obtained.


  • The legal bases for processing personal data (other than special category data, which is referred to in Paragraph 8 below) are that the processing is necessary for the purposes of the congregation’s legitimate interests; or that (so far as relating to any staff whom we employ) it is necessary to exercise the rights and obligations of the congregation under employment law; or that (in relation to the processing of personal data relating to criminal convictions and offences or related security measures in a safeguarding context) the processing meets a condition in Part 1, 2 or 3 of Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018.


  • Personal data held in all ordered manual files and databases should be kept up to date. It should be shredded or disposed of securely when it is no longer needed.  Unnecessary copies of personal data should not be made.


  1. Privacy Notice


  • If someone would not reasonably expect the way in which we use their personal data, we will issue information about this using a Privacy Notice which will be given to them at the point when the data is provided.


  • If our use of personal data is what someone would reasonably expect, we will provide information about this using a Privacy Notice which is available on the congregation’s website and will be printed in the congregational newsletter from time to time and can be found on the noticeboard in the Small Hall.


  1. When is consent needed for the processing of personal data?


  • A significant amount of personal data held by the congregation will be classed as special category personal data, as it could be indicative of someone’s religious beliefs.


8.2       Processing of such special category data is prohibited under the GDPR unless one of the listed exemptions applies.  Three of these exemptions are especially relevant (although others may also apply):


  • the individual has given explicit consent to the processing of the personal data for one or more specified purposes; OR


  • processing is carried out in the course of its legitimate activities with appropriate safeguards by a foundation, association or any other not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim and on condition that the processing relates solely to the members or to former members of the body or to persons who have regular contact with it in connection with its purposes and that the personal data is not disclosed outside that body without the consent of the data subjects; OR


  • processing is necessary for reasons of substantial public interest, and in particular for the purpose of (a) protecting an individual from neglect or physical, mental or emotional harm; or (b) protecting the physical, mental or emotional well-being of an individual, where that individual is either aged under 18 or is aged 18 or over and is “at risk” (has needs for care and support, experiencing or at risk of neglect or any type of harm, and unable to protect themselves).

8.3       Most of the processing carried out by the congregation will fall within the latter two exemptions, and will be carried out by the congregation with appropriate safeguards to keep information safe and secure.  This information will not be disclosed outside the Church without consent.  Such processing will not require the explicit consent of the data subject.


8.4       Where personal data is to be shared with a third party, the congregation will only do so with the explicit consent of the data subject.  For example, personal data will only be included in a directory for circulation or included on a website where consent has been obtained.


8.5       If consent is required to process the information this should be recorded using the style consent form.  If consent is given orally rather than in writing, this fact should be recorded in writing.


  1. Keeping personal data secure


  • Personal data should not be shared with those who are not authorised to receive it. Care should be taken when dealing with any request for personal information over the telephone or otherwise. Identity checks should be carried out if giving out information to ensure that the person requesting the information is either the individual concerned or someone properly authorised to act on their behalf.


  • Hard copy personal information should be stored securely (in lockable storage, where appropriate) and not visible when not in use. Filing cabinets and drawers and/or office doors should be locked when not in use.  Keys should not be left in the lock of the filing cabinets/lockable storage.


  • Passwords should be kept secure, should be strong, changed regularly and not written down or shared with others.


  • Emails containing personal information should not be sent to or received at a work email address (other than an address) as this might be accessed by third parties.


  • The ‘bcc’ rather than the ‘cc’ or ‘to’ fields should be used when emailing a large number of people, unless everyone has agreed for their details to be shared amongst the group.


  • If personal devices have an account linked to them these should not be accessed on a shared device for which someone else has the pin code.


  • Personal data should be encrypted or password-protected before being transferred electronically.


  • Personal data should never be transferred outside the European Economic Area except in compliance with the law.


  1. Sharing personal data


  • We will only share someone’s personal data where we have a legal basis to do so, including for our legitimate interests within the Church of Scotland (either within the Presbytery or to enable central databases held within the Church Office at 121 George Street, Edinburgh to be maintained and kept up to date). This may require information relating to criminal proceedings or offences or allegations of offences to be processed for the protection of children or adults who may be at risk and to be shared with the Church’s Safeguarding Service or with statutory agencies.


  • We will not send any personal data outside the European Economic Area. If this changes all individuals affected will be notified and the protections put in place to secure your personal data, in line with the requirements of the GDPR, will be explained.


  1. How to deal with data security breaches


  • Should a data security breach occur, the congregation will notify the Presbytery Clerk If the breach is likely to result in a risk to the rights and freedoms of individuals then the Information Commissioner’s Office must be notified within 72 hours.


9.2       Breaches will be handled by the Presbytery Clerk in accordance with the Presbytery’s data security breach management procedure.


  1. Subject access requests


  • Data subjects can make a subject access request to find out what information is held about them. This request must be made in writing. Any such request received by the congregation should be forwarded immediately to the Presbytery Clerk who will coordinate a response within the necessary time limit (30 days).


  • It is a criminal offence to conceal or destroy personal data which is part of a subject access request.


  1. Data subject rights


  • Data subjects have certain other rights under the GDPR. This includes the right to know what personal data the congregation processes, how it does so and what is the legal basis for doing so.


  • Data subjects also have the right to request that the congregation corrects any inaccuracies in their personal data, and erase their personal data where we are not entitled by law to process it or it is no longer necessary to process it for the purpose for which it was collected. Data should be erased when an individual revokes their consent (and consent is the basis for processing); when the purpose for which the data was collected is complete; or when compelled by law.


  • All requests to have personal data corrected or erased should be passed to the current Data Protection Officer who will be responsible for responding to them in liaison with the Presbytery Clerk.


  1. Contracts


14.1     If any processing of personal data is to be outsourced from the congregation, we will ensure that the mandatory processing provisions imposed by the GDPR will be included in the agreement or contract.


  1. Policy review

The Kirk Session will be responsible for reviewing this policy from time to time and updating the congregation in relation to its data protection responsibilities and any risks in relation to the processing of data.