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privacy policy

Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc.

Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. is committed to protecting personal data and respecting the rights of our data subjects (people whose personal data we collect and use). Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. values the personal information entrusted to us and we respect that trust, by complying with all relevant laws, and adopting good practice.
We process personal data to help us:
1. Maintain a list of our church members
2. Provide pastoral support for members and others connected with our church
3. Provide services to the community including Foodbank, Childcare, etc.
4. Safeguard children, young people and adults at risk
5. Recruit, support and manage staff and volunteers
6. Maintain our church accounts and records
7. Promote our services
8. Maintain the security of property and premises
9. Respond effectively to enquirers and handle any complaints
10. And for any fundraising events that might require this information.
This policy has been approved by the Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. Trustees who are responsible for ensuring that we comply with all our legal obligations. It sets out the legal rules that apply whenever we obtain, store or use personal data.
Why this policy is important:
1. We’re committed to protecting personal data from being misused, getting into the wrong hands as a result of poor security or being shared carelessly, or being inaccurate, as we’re aware that people can be upset or harmed if any of these things were to happen.
2. This policy sets out the measures we’re committed to taking as an organization and, what each of us will do to ensure we comply with the relevant legislation.
3. For instance, we’ll make sure that all personal data is:
a. Processed lawfully, fairly and done transparently
b. Processed for specific, explicit and legitimate purposes and not in a manner that’s incompatible with those purposes
c. Adequate, relevant and limited to what is necessary for the purposes for which it’s being processed
d. Accurate and, where necessary, up-to-date
e. Not kept longer than necessary for the purposes for which it’s being processed
f. Processed in a secure manner, by using appropriate technical and organizational means
g. Processed in keeping with the rights of data subjects regarding their personal data.
How this policy applies to you and what you need to know:
1. As an employee, volunteer or trustee processing personal information on behalf of the church, you’re required to comply with this policy. If you think that you’ve accidentally breached the policy it’s important that you contact our Data Protection [Officer/Trustee] immediately so that we can take swift action to try and limit the impact of the breach.
Anyone who breaches the Data Protection Policy may be subject to disciplinary action, and where that individual has breached the policy intentionally, recklessly or for personal benefit they may also be liable to prosecution or to regulatory action.
2. As a leader and/or manager you’re required to make sure that any procedures that involve personal data, that you’re responsible for in your area, follow the rules set out in this Data Protection Policy.
3. As a data subject of Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc.: We will handle your personal information in line with this policy.
4. As an appointed data processor/contractor: Companies who are appointed by us as a data processor are required to comply with this policy under the contract with us. Any breach of this policy will be taken seriously and could lead to us taking contract enforcement action against the company, or terminating the contract. Data processors have direct obligations under the GDPR, primarily to only process data on instructions from the controller (us) and to implement appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure a level of security appropriate to the risk involved.
5. Our Data Protection [Officer/Trustee] is responsible for advising Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. and its staff and members about their legal obligations under data protection law, monitoring compliance with data protection law, dealing with data security breaches and with the development of this policy. Any questions about this policy or any concerns that the policy has not been followed should be referred to them at [Email Address].
6. Before you collect or handle any personal data as part of your work (paid or otherwise) for Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc., it’s important that you take the time to read this policy carefully and understand exactly what is required of you, as well as the organization’s responsibilities when we process data.
7. Our procedures will be in line with the requirements of this policy, but if you’re unsure about whether anything you plan to do, or are currently doing, might breach this policy you must first speak to the Data Protection [Officer/Trustee].
Training and Guidance:
1. We will provide general training at least annually for all staff to raise awareness of their obligations and our responsibilities, as well as to outline the law.
2. We may also issue procedures, guidance or instructions from time to time. [Managers/leaders must set aside time for their team to look together at the implications for their work.]
What personal information do we process?
1. In the course of our work, we may collect and process information (personal data) about many different people (data subjects). This includes data we receive straight from the person it’s about, for example, where they complete forms or contact us. We may also receive information about data subjects from other sources including, for example, previous employers.
2. We process personal data in both electronic and paper form and all this data is protected under data protection law. The personal data we process can include information such as names and contact details, education or employment details, and visual images of people.
3. In some cases, we hold types of information that are called “special categories” of data in the GDPR. This personal data can only be processed under strict conditions.
‘Special categories’ of data (as referred to in the GDPR) includes information about a person’s racial or ethnic origin; political opinions; religious or similar beliefs, trade union membership; health (including physical and mental health, and the provision of health care services); genetic data; biometric data; sexual life and sexual orientation.
4. We will hold information relating to criminal proceedings or offenses or allegations of offenses unless there is a clear lawful basis to process this data such as where it fulfills one of the substantial public interest conditions in relation to the safeguarding of children and individuals at risk or one of the additional conditions relating to criminal convictions set out in either Part 2 or Part 3 of Schedule 1 of the Data Protection Act 2018. This processing will only ever be carried out on the advice of

 the Ministries Team of the Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. contact person.
5. Other data may also be considered ‘sensitive’ such as bank details, but will not be subject to the same legal protection as the types of data listed above.
Making sure processing is fair and lawful:
1. Processing of personal data will only be fair and lawful when the purpose of the processing meets a legal basis, as listed below, and when the processing is transparent. This means we will provide people with an explanation of how and why we process their personal data at the point we collect data from them, as well as when we collect data about them from other sources.
How can we legally use personal data?
1. Processing of personal data is only lawful if at least one of these legal conditions, as listed in Article 6 of the GDPR, is met:
a. The processing is necessary for a contract with the data subject
b. The processing is necessary for us to comply with a legal obligation
c. The processing is necessary to protect someone’s life (this is called “vital interests”)
d. The processing is necessary for us to perform a task in the public interest, and the task has a clear basis in law
e. The processing is necessary for legitimate interests pursued by Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. or another organization, unless these are overridden by the interests, rights and freedoms of the data subject.
f. If none of the other legal conditions apply, the processing will only be lawful if the data subject has given their clear consent.
How can we legally use ‘special categories’ of data?
1. Processing of ‘special categories’ of personal data is only lawful when, in addition to the conditions above, one of the extra conditions, as listed in Article 9 of the GDPR, is met. These conditions include where:
a. The processing is necessary for carrying out our obligations under employment and social security and social protection law
b. The processing is necessary for safeguarding the vital interests (in emergency, life or death situations) of an individual and the data subject is incapable of giving consent
c. The processing is carried out in the course of our legitimate activities and only relates to our members or persons we are in regular contact with in connection with our purposes
d. The processing is necessary for pursuing legal claims
e. If none of the other legal conditions apply, the processing will only be lawful if the data subject has given their explicit consent
2. Before deciding which condition should be relied upon, we may refer to the original text of the GDPR as well as any relevant guidance, and seek legal advice as required.
What must we tell individuals before we use their data?
1. If personal data is collected directly from the individual, we will inform them [in writing] about; our identity/contact details [and those of the Data Protection [Officer/Trustee], the reasons for processing, and the legal bases, [including explaining any automated decision making or profiling], explaining out legitimate interests, and explaining where relevant, who we will share the data with. This information is commonly referred to as a ‘Privacy Notice’. This information will be given at the time when the personal data is collected.
2. If data is collected from another source, rather than directly from the data subject, we will provide the data subject with the information described in the section above as well as the categories of the data concerned; and the source of the data.

This information will be provided to the individual in writing and no later than within one month after we receive the data, unless a legal exemption under the GDPR applies. If we use the data to communicate with the data subject, we will at the latest give them this information at the time of the first communication.
If we plan to pass the data onto someone else outside of Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc., we will give the data subject this information before we pass on the data.
When we need consent to process data:
1. Where none of the other legal conditions apply to the processing, and we’re required to get consent from the data subject, we will clearly set out what we’re asking consent for, including why we’re collecting the data and how we plan to use it. Consent will be specific to each process we’re requesting consent for and we will only ask for consent when the data subject has a real choice whether or not to provide us with their data.
2. Consent can however be withdrawn at any time and if withdrawn, the processing will stop. Data subjects will be informed of their right to withdraw consent and it will be as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give consent.
Processing for specified purposes:
1. We’ll only process personal data for the specific purposes explained in our privacy notices or for other purposes specifically permitted by law. We’ll explain those other purposes to data subjects unless there are lawful reasons for not doing so.
Data will be adequate, relevant and not excessive:
1. We’ll only collect and use personal data that’s needed for specific purposes which will normally be explained to the data subjects in the privacy notices. We’ll not collect more than is needed to achieve those purposes.
Accurate data:
1. We’ll make sure that personal data held is accurate and, where appropriate, kept up-to-date. The accuracy of data will be checked at the point of collection.
Keeping data and destroying it:
1. We’ll not keep personal data longer than is necessary for the purposes that it was collected for. We’ll comply with the Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. Data Retention policies about retention periods for specific records.
Security of personal data:
1. We’ll use appropriate measures to keep personal data secure at all points of the processing. Keeping data secure includes protecting it from unauthorized or unlawful processing or from accidental loss, destruction or damage.
2. Security

 measures will include technical and organizational security measures. In assessing what measures are the most appropriate we will take into account the following, and anything else that is relevant:
a. The quality of the security measure
b. The costs of implementation
c. The nature, scope, context and purpose of processing
d. The risk to the rights and freedoms of data subjects
e. The risk which could result from a data breach.
3. Measure may include:
a. Technical systems security
b. Measures to restrict or minimize access to data
c. Measures to ensure our systems and data remain available, or can be easily restored in the case of an incident
d. Physical security of information and of our premises
e. Organizational measures such as policies, procedures, training and audits
f. Regular testing and evaluating of the effectiveness of security measures.
Keeping records of our data processing:
1. To show we comply with the law we’ll keep clear records of our processing activities and of the decisions we make concerning personal data.
Data subjects’ rights:
1. We’ll process personal data in line with data subjects’ rights, including their right to:
a. Request access to any of their personal data held by us (known as a Subject Access Request)
b. Ask to have inaccurate personal data changed
c. Restrict processing, in certain circumstances
d. Object to processing, in certain circumstances, including preventing the use of their data for direct marketing
e. Data portability, which means to receive their data, or some of their data, in a format that can be easily used by another person (including the data subject themselves) or organization
f. Not be subject to automated decisions, in certain circumstances, and
g. Withdraw consent when we are relying on consent to process their data
2. If a colleague receives any request from a data subject that relates or could relate to their data protection rights, this will be forwarded to our [Data Protection Officer/Trustee] immediately.
3. We’ll act on all valid requests as soon as possible, and at the latest within one calendar month, unless we have reason to, and can lawfully extend the timescale. This can be extended by up to two months in some circumstances.
4. All data subjects’ rights are provided free to charge.
5. Any information provided to data subjects will be concise and transparent, using clear and plain language.
Direct Marketing:
1. We’ll comply with the rules set out in the GDPR, the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations (PECR) and any laws which may amend or replace the regulations around direct marketing. This includes, but is not limited to, when we make contact with data subjects by post, email, text message, social media messaging, telephone (both live and recorded calls) and fax.
Direct marketing means the communication (by any means) of any advertising or marketing material which is directed, or addressed, to individuals. “Marketing” does not need to be selling anything, or be advertising a commercial product. It includes contact made by organizations to individuals for the purposes of promoting the organization’s aims.
2. Any direct marketing material that we send will identify Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. as the sender and will describe how people can object to receiving similar communications in the future. If a data subject exercises their right to object to direct marketing we will stop the direct marketing as soon as possible.
Sharing information with other organizations:
1. We will only share personal data with other organizations or people when we have a legal basis to do so and if we have informed the data subject about the possibility of the data being shared (in a privacy notice), unless legal exemptions apply to informing data subjects about the sharing. Only authorized and properly instructed staff/Trustees are allowed to share personal data.
2. We will keep records of information shared with a third party, which will include recording any exemptions which have been applied, and why they have been applied. We will follow the ICO’s statutory Data Sharing Code of Practice (or any replacement code of practice) when sharing personal data with other data controllers. Legal advice will be sought as required.
Data processors:
1. Before appointing a contractor who will process personal data on our behalf (a data processor) we will carry out due diligence checks. The checks are to make sure the processor will use appropriate technical and organizational measures to ensure the processing will comply with data protection law, including keeping the data secure, and upholding the rights of data subjects. We will only appoint data processors who can provide us with sufficient guarantees that they will do this.
2. We’ll only appoint data processors on the basis if a written contract that will require the processor to comply with all relevant legal requirements. We will continue to monitor the data processing, and compliance with the contract, throughout the duration of the contract.
Transferring personal data outside the European Union (EU):
1. Personal data cannot be transferred or stored outside of the EU unless this is permitted by the GDPR. This includes storage on a “cloud” based service where the servers are located outside the EU.
2. We’ll only transfer data outside the EU where it’s permitted by one of the conditions for non-EU transfers in the GDPR.
Data protection impact assessments:
1. When we’re planning to carry out any data processing which is likely to result in a high risk we’ll carry out a Data Protection Impact Assessment (DPIA). These include situations when we process data relating to vulnerable people, trawling of data from public profiles, using new technology, and transferring data outside the EU. Any decision not to conduct a DPIA will be recorded.
2. We may also conduct a DPIA in other cases when we consider it appropriate to do so. If we are unable to mitigate the identified risks such that a high risk remains we will consult with the ICO.
3. DPIAs will be conducted in accordance with the ICO’s Code of Practice ‘Conducting privacy impact assessments’.
Dealing with data protection breaches:
1. Where staff or volunteers, [or contractors working for us], thing that this policy has not been followed, or data might have been breached or lost, this will be reported immediately to the Data Protection [Officer/Trustee].
2. We will keep records of personal data breaches, even if we do not report them to the ICO.
3. We will report all data breaches which are likely to result in a risk to any person, to the ICO. Reports will be made to the ICO within 72 hours from when someone in the church becomes aware of the breach.
4. In situations where a personal data breach causes a high risk to any person, we will

 inform the affected individuals about the breach without undue delay. This is called a breach notification.
5. Where a data breach has occurred, we will also take action to prevent it happening again and will look at whether we need to make changes to prevent similar breaches in the future.
Policy Review and Renewal
1. This policy will be reviewed annually, or if there are any changes to the data protection laws or regulations which could affect the policy, to make sure that it remains up to date and relevant.
2. The review will be undertaken by [Data Protection Officer/Trustee] and any changes will be approved by the Trustees.
3. This policy will also be reviewed if there are any changes to Now Church & Worship in the Now Ministries Inc. activities, which could affect the processing of personal data.
4. If there are any changes to this policy, the changes will be communicated to staff, Trustees, volunteers and any other relevant people.




Appendix 1: Definitions
Data Controller: Means the organization which determines the purposes and means of the processing of personal data.
Data Processor: Means a natural or legal person, public authority, agency or other body which processes personal data on behalf of the controller.
Data Subject: Means an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable person is someone who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that person.
Personal Data: Means any information relating to an identified or identifiable natural person. An identifiable person is someone who can be identified, directly or indirectly, in particular by reference to an identifier such as a name, an identification number, location data, an online identifier or to one or more factors specific to the physical, physiological, genetic, mental, economic, cultural or social identity of that person.
Sensitive Personal Data: Means personal data consisting of information as to – (a) the racial or ethnic origin of the data subject, (b) political opinions, (c) religious beliefs or other beliefs of a similar nature, (d) whether the data subject is a member of a trade union (within the meaning of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992), (e) physical or mental health or condition, (f) sexual life, (g) the commission or alleged commission of any offense, or (h) any proceedings for any offense committed or alleged to have been committed, the disposal of such proceedings or the sentence of any court in such proceedings.
Special Categories of Personal Data: Means personal data revealing racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, or trade union membership, and the processing of genetic data, biometric data for the purpose of uniquely identifying a natural person, data concerning health or data concerning a natural person's sex life or sexual orientation.

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