Privacy Notice

Your privacy is important to us at Emmanuel Evangelical Church Chippenham. Under Data Protection legislation (GDPR), we need to let you know how we care for your information.

It is important that you read this privacy notice together with any other privacy notice we may provide on specific occasions when we are collecting or processing personal data about you so that you are fully aware of how and why we are using your data.

Data Controller

Emmanuel Evangelical Church Chippenham (EECC) is the data controller (see Contact below to contact EECC).

Website data:

Collection and use – we recognise the privacy concerns of users of our website on the Internet and the importance of protecting the privacy of personally identifiable information collected from them. No personally identifiable information is automatically collected on our websites. Such information is collected only when it is knowingly and voluntarily submitted, such as when you use the ‘Get in Touch’ or ‘I’d like to know more’ options.

Cookies – cookies are small bits of information that are stored by your browser on your computer’s hard drive to enable us to do a number of things to make your visit and future visits more enjoyable. Our cookies do not contain any personally identifying information about you. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually change your browser settings to prevent that. Users should consult their browser help files for instructions on how to refuse cookies.

Links – our websites may be linked to or from other websites that are not operated by EECC. EECC is not responsible for the content or privacy practices of these third-party websites. Visitors to those websites should refer to their separate privacy policies and practices.

Data provided via the contact forms on our website, e-mail, in writing or in person:

Why are we collecting your data?

We collect personal data to provide appropriate pastoral care, to monitor and assess the quality of our services, to fulfil our purposes as a church, for operational and logistical purposes and to comply with the law (such as for Gift Aid and Safeguarding). In legal terms this is called ‘legitimate interests’. When it is required, we may also ask you for your consent to process your data (e.g. emailing you our notice sheet and details about EECC events and activities, inclusion in our church directory, and registration for children’s groups). We do not share your information with others except as described in this notice.

The categories of information that we may collect, hold and share include: 

  • -Personal information (such as name, telephone number, address and email address)
  • -Characteristics (such as gender, ethnicity, language, nationality, country of birth)
  • -Special categories of personal data (such as your religious beliefs)

Storing your data

We will only retain your personal data for as long as necessary to fulfil the purposes we collected it for, including for the purposes of satisfying any legal, accounting or reporting requirements.

We hold your data for varying lengths of time depending on the type of information in question but in doing so we always comply with Data Protection legislation.

Security of your data

We have put in place appropriate security measures to prevent your personal data from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. In addition, we limit access to your personal data to those employees, leaders or trustees who need to know.  They will only process your personal data on our instructions.

We have put in place procedures to deal with any suspected personal data breach and will notify you and the ICO where we are legally required to do so.

Who do we share your information with?

We will not share your information with third parties without your consent unless the law requires us to do so.

Requesting access to your personal data

Under Data Protection legislation, you have the right to request access to information about you that we hold.

You also have the right to:

  • object to processing of personal data that is likely to cause, or is causing, damage or distress
  • prevent processing for the purpose of direct marketing
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means
  • in certain circumstances, have inaccurate personal data rectified, blocked, erased or destroyed; and
  • claim compensation for damages caused by a breach of the Data Protection regulations.

To request a copy of your personal information or make changes to the information we hold, for further information on how your information is used, how we maintain the security of your information and your rights to access information we hold on you, please contact the Church Administrator (see Contact below).

You can withdraw or change your consent at any time.

If you have a concern about the way we are collecting or using your personal data, you should raise your concern with us in the first instance or directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/

Contact: If you would like to discuss anything in this privacy notice, please contact our Church Administrator, Karen Macallister, by e-mail (admin@emmanuelecc.org) or in writing (to Emmanuel Church, Goldney Avenue, Chippenham SN15 1ND).

Reviewed March 2021