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General Data Protection Regulation

New laws on data protection will come into force later this year.  The new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will take effect in the UK from 25 May 2018 and will replace the existing law on data protection (the Data Protection Act 1998).  This new law gives individuals more rights and protection regarding how their personal data is used by organisations.

Parishes and churches must comply with the requirements of the GDPR and a GDPR Toolkit has been developed to help parishes in Southwark understand what they need to do to comply with the new laws.  The GDPR toolkit as well as individual checklists and editable templates can be downloaded below.

If you have data protection queries please email data@southwark.anglican.org

We are running more workshops to help parishes comply with the new laws on data protection which took effect on 25 May 2018. These will be held on:

Tues 25th Sept 6-8pm, Thurs 4th Oct 3-5pm and Mon 15th Oct 2-4pm at Trinity House, 4 Chapel Court, Borough High Street, London Bridge SE1 1HW. A further workshop will be held at Holy Trinity Church Centre, Redhill, RH1 2BX on 18th Oct 2-4pm.

Workshops are open to clergy, lay officers (e.g. PCC Secretaries and churchwardens) and anyone from parishes with a role in data protection. Refreshments will be available from 30 minutes before the start, Please book places by emailing Kate Harrison on GDPRworkshops@southwark.anglican.org

If you have any if you have any immediate queries on data protection, please email data@southwark.anglican.org


A frequent question at the workshops was on the timescales for keeping records.  The Church of England Record Centre has produced a guide for parishes on record management which has a useful section on retention guidelines and can be found at http://www.lambethpalacelibrary.org/files/care_of_parish_records_keep_or_bin_-_2009_edition_0.pdf