St Mary's Church, Houghton-on-the-Hill (SMCH) is committed to protecting any personal information that you share with us or information that is provided to us by other organisations. The purpose of this policy is to give you a clear explanation of what personal information we collect and how we collect, use, and protect your personal information.
SMCH will only use your information in ways that you would reasonably expect. Sometimes we may undertake research, with your permission, to better understand people’s expectations about how their data will be used.
SMCH will always consider the impact of processing your data before any action is taken, to ensure that it has no unjustified adverse effects.
Your information will only be collected, stored, or processed where a specific purpose has been identified.
This will fall into the following categories:
Information required to provide you with SMCH services. Information and data held may include personal information such as name, address, contact details, date of birth, gender, ethnicity, and religious beliefs. Personal Information to support a contractual arrangement – for example, contracts of employment or other formal agreement.
Information required for SMCH to comply with legal obligations – for example, disclosure and barring service, vat records, payroll records.
Information required in the legitimate interest of the charity or its subsidiaries – for example, as a supporter of the charity it will be in the legitimate interest of both SMCH and you, as a supporter, to keep you informed about the work of SMCH
Information which you have provided us with your consent to process – for example, you may have given us your consent to send you marketing information.
Information collected by our website – including the internet protocol (IP) address used to connect your computer and other information about your browser type, version, times, operating system and platform, and Uniform Resource Locators (URLs or web addresses) clickstream to, through and from our site and browsing activity on our site.
Information is given to us directly when, for example, you register for a fundraising event, volunteer to support the charity, become an employee, or make a donation.
We will ask you to provide personal information. You may provide this on a form, during a discussion, over a web form or by other means.
The details we ask you for will be directly related to the purpose for which they are required, for example:
• A charitable donation may be given anonymously, but we would prefer to have your contact details so that we can confirm receipt and keep you informed; you will be able to choose whether or not you supply this information. Depending on your payment method we may need to record your payment details.
• As a donor, we will often ask you for more information than the bare minimum to process your donation, this may be so that we can identify you as an event entrant or it may be part of building a long-term relationship with you. Our fundraisers will be genuinely interested in how you have raised funds and why you have chosen to support SMCH and may record this information so they have a record when they next contact you.
• If you are a member of staff or a volunteer more information will be required, depending on the work you do we may need to ask you for sufficient information to carry out some background checks and there is certain information that we are required to have on record.
You may provide information to us directly through our website. When you interact with an SMCH website it is helpful to be able to identify you to improve your experience. Like most websites, SMCH uses ‘cookies’ to enable the website to recognise you when you return. A cookie is a small text file that transfers to your computer (or phone or tablet) and can help with things such as auto-filling your name and address in text fields.
By using an SMCH website you are confirming you agree to our privacy and cookies policies.
There is more information about how cookies work as an appendix to this document.
If you enter details onto one of our online forms and you don’t send or submit the form, we may contact you to see if we can help with any problems you may be experiencing with the form or with our website.
Sometimes information will be provided indirectly through a third party, for example: through a donation website (e.g. Just Giving), or from an organisation where you have given permission to share your data.
SMCH may collect information from public sources such as Companies House, social media profiles, newspapers, and other published material. SMCH may also carry out research into population demographics, geographic data or other areas which may impact on our future service delivery or identify potential areas of focus to raise funds.
The following gives examples of how data is used are:
• To raise awareness of SMCH.
• For funding purposes
• To provide you with information, products, or services that you request.
• To keep you informed about the work of the charity.
• To ask for your support to help SMCH continue our work. This may be through volunteering, fundraising, becoming a gift-aider or other means of providing support to the charity.
• To provide you with other services.
• To maintain a relationship with you as a supplier of services.
• To ensure we contact supporters with the most appropriate communication, we may profile your data by combining the information we hold with other sources of information or carry out other analysis techniques. This will enable SMCH to contact you in the most relevant way and provide an improved experience. It will also enable SMCH to have a greater insight and understanding of its supporters and use the information to develop the charity’s donor base. If you do not want your data to be used in this way then you can opt out at any time by contacting the SMCH.
We may record telephone conversations for the purposes of staff training or other development.
You have the right to ask us not to process your information in this way at any time. If you no longer wish to receive emailed or web based marketing information you can unsubscribe at firstname.lastname@example.org. For non-web based marketing please contact the SMCH.
If you have told us how you prefer to be contacted then we will use your preferred method to contact you. This may be by post, email, telephone, text, or another method you have requested.
We will comply with the requirements of the data protection laws and the Fundraising Regulator guidance to ensure we do not contact you without your consent for the purposes of marketing calls by telephone, email, or text message.
We understand people may give us their contact details for a variety of purposes but will only use them for marketing purposes if this was made clear at the time they were given and we received your consent.
SMCH does not sell personal details to third parties for the purposes of marketing.
SMCH uses third party agencies who act under contract to carry out tasks on behalf of the charity. This may include data cleaning, direct mail fulfilment services, database technical support from IT providers, data hosting, external secure archiving, and confidential record destruction. These providers, in addition to contractual commitments to SMCH, have the same obligations as SMCH under data protection legislation.
SMCH may be required by law to share data to comply with legislation, for example, to safeguard a child or adult at risk of harm, as a result of a court order, a request from the police who are investigating a crime or an investigation from other authorities, for example, a tax enquiry.
SMCH takes data protection and information governance very seriously.
All SMCH staff receive formal training annually and are supported with resources, materials, and advice to ensure that the organisation complies with the requirements of the various data management and protection legislation and best practice guidance. This includes the General Data Protection Regulations (EU) 2016, the NHS Digital Data Protection & Security toolkit and National Data Guardian’s 10 Data Security Standards 2017
All access to data is managed through role-based security to ensure access to systems and data is restricted only to those who have appropriate authority
All SMCH mobile devices and servers are encrypted and data is held in a secure data centre. On our website, if the web page starts with HTTPS or if you see a padlock symbol, your data should be encrypted when it is sent from your computer to its destination. If you do not see this symbol then it is not encrypted and you should not send confidential, financial or sensitive data.
Software versions are updated to ensure they are supported and SMCH deploys up-to-date virus protection systems.
All data processes and systems at SMCH are risk assessed to ensure compliance with legal requirements and best practice. The process includes the identification of the legal basis by which information is processed. Depending on what this is, further steps are carried out to protect your interests; this may mean contacting you to obtain your specific consent or carrying out a balancing test to ensure our treatment is fair.
SMCH has a retention policy for all data stored or processed on SMCH systems. The retention policy is decided and then reviewed as part of the annual data risk assessment process. Information is only kept as long as it is required, or as long as there is a legal requirement to keep it. Information no longer required is disposed of in a secure manner.
In order to maximise the security around processing of financial transactions the SMCH website uses industry recognised secure payment processing companies to process payments. This means that whilst on an SMCH website you may be seamlessly passed over to a third-party payment portal to complete your transaction – for example, PayPal or SagePay. This may include the transfer of personal details you have already provided. We will always make it clear where this happens.
Where our website links you to sites hosted by other organisations, we will make this clear so you know you are leaving the SMCH website. No personal data will be transferred over these links.
The majority of SMCH data is processed in the UK or the European Economic Area (EEA) on SMCH systems. Occasionally there may be a requirement to process non-care data outside of this zone. Where data is sent outside of the EEA, we will ensure appropriate obligations are in place to give your data the same level of protection as it would have in the EEA. This may be through data sharing agreements, national agreements, or confidentiality contracts. By providing your personal data to SMCH you agree to this transfer, storage, and processing.
If you use your credit or debit card to donate or pay for a transaction, we will ensure that this is done securely and in accordance with the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard. SMCH does not keep your payment details – all card details and validation codes are securely destroyed once the payment or donation has been processed.
If you post or send any content that we believe to be inappropriate, offensive or in breach of any laws, such as defamatory content, we may use your personal information to inform relevant third parties such as your internet provider or law enforcement agencies.
Your rights are important to us, we recognise that you have the following rights:
• The right to be informed about your personal information we store and/or process.
• The right of access to the information we hold about you and make a subject access request.
• The rights of erasure or restricted processing.
• The right of portability – you may be able to ask us to give information we hold about you to another organisation.
• The right to object to the way in which we store or process your information.
• The right to object to any automated decision-making process that we may use.
• If you would like to exercise any of these rights, please contact the SMCH
For the purposes of Data Protection Laws, the Data Controller is: SMCH
Registered Charity No. 1069758.
Where this document refers to “we” or “us” or “SMCH”, we mean St Mary's Church, Houghton-on-the-Hill.
If you are not satisfied with the way SMCH handles your request, you can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or visit their website at http://www.ico.org.uk.
Examples of the sort of information that is collected via session cookies are provided below. This list is not exhaustive:
• The last search term that you used within the site.
• Your preference in terms of accessible viewing options.
• A unique ID to track your session from page-to-page, which is vitally important should you sign into the site.
• Which page you are looking at within a multi-paged index of content, or search results.
Certain cookies are persistent, meaning that they last beyond your session, enabling an enhanced user-experience when you return to the site. Again, a non-exhaustive list of examples of the use of persistent cookies includes:
• The option to “Remember my username” when signing-in to the site.
• The fact that you have voted in a poll, so that you are prevented from voting multiple times.
This site uses Google Analytics (www.google.com/intl/en_uk/analytics) to allow us to track how popular our site is and to record visitor trends over time. Google Analytics uses a cookie to help track which pages are accessed. The cookie contains no personally identifiable information, but it does use your computer’s IP address to determine where in the world you are accessing the site from, and to track your page visits within the site.
• First and third-party cookies: whether a cookie is 'first' or 'third' party refers to the domain placing the cookie. First-party cookies are those set by a website that is being visited by the user at the time.
• Third-party cookies: are cookies that are set by a domain other than that of the site being visited by the user. If a user visits a website and another entity sets a cookie through that site this would be a third-party cookie.
• Persistent cookies: these cookies remain on a user's device for the period specified in the cookie. They are activated each time that the user visits the website that created that particular cookie.
• Session cookies: these cookies allow website operators to link the actions of a user during a browser session. A browser session starts when a user opens the browser window and finishes when they close the browser window. Session cookies are created temporarily. Once you close the browser, all session cookies are deleted.
If you wish to withdraw your consent at any time, you will need to delete your cookies using your internet browser settings.
For further information about deleting or blocking cookies, please visit: http://www.aboutcookies.org/Default.aspx?page=2.
To find out about specific cookies we use on this site, please see below for details.
The cookies used on our site are categorised as follows:
• Strictly necessary.
'Strictly necessary' cookies let you move around the site and use essential features like accessing your profile and posting feedback. Without these cookies, these services cannot be provided. Please note that these cookies do not gather any information about you that could be used for marketing or remembering where you have been on the internet.
We use these strictly necessary cookies to:
• Identify you as being logged in to our site.
• Enable you to submit information via online forms such as registration and feedback forms.
Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the site, so if you prevent these cookies, we can't guarantee your use of our site or how the security on our site will perform during your visit.
'Performance' cookies collect information about how you use our site – for example, which pages you visit, and if you experience any errors. These cookies do not collect any information that could identify you and are only used to help us improve how our site works, understand what interests our users and measure how effective our content is.
We use Web Analytics performance cookies to provide anonymous statistics on how our site is used.
Some of our performance cookies are managed for us by third parties. However, we do not allow the third party to use the cookies for any purpose other than those listed above.
By using our site, you accept the use of 'Performance' cookies. Accepting these cookies is a condition of using the site, so if you prevent them, we cannot guarantee how our site will perform for you.
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