Privacy policy

The Osney Benefice is committed to respecting your privacy. This privacy policy explains how we collect, store and use the personal and other data that you share with us.

Please read this privacy notice carefully. We recommend that you print and retain a copy for your future reference.

The Osney Benefice may change this policy from time to time by updating the relevant page on the website. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with any changes. This policy was last updated on 14 May 2018



The Parochial Church Councils (PCCs) of the Churches in the Osney Benefice

1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to any information about a living individual who can be identified from that data.  Identification can be by the information alone or in conjunction with any other information in the data controller’s possession or likely to come into such possession. The processing of personal data is governed by the General Data Protection Regulation (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?

The PCCs of the Churches in the Osney Benefice are the data controllers ( see 9. contact details).  This means they decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The PCCs of Churches in the Osney Benefice comply with its obligations under the “GDPR” by keeping personal data up to date; by storing and destroying it securely; by not collecting or retaining excessive amounts of data; by protecting personal data from loss, misuse, unauthorised access and disclosure and by ensuring that appropriate technical measures are in place to protect personal data.

We use your personal data for the following purposes: -

  1. To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public in a particular geographical area as specified in our constitution;
  2. To administer membership records;
  3. To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
  4. To manage our employees and volunteers;
  5. To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aid applications);
  6. To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at benefice churches;
  7. To share your contact details with the Diocesan office so they can keep you informed about news in the diocese and events, activities and services that will be occurring in the diocese and in which you may be interested.

4. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

  1. Explicit consent of the data subject so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and keep you informed about diocesan events.
  2. Processing is necessary for carrying out legal obligations in relation to Gift Aid or under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  3. Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: -
    1. the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
    2. there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.


5. Sharing your personal data
Your personal data/information will be treated as strictly confidential and will only be shared with other members of the church in order to carry out a service to other church members or for purposes connected with the church. We will only share your data with third parties outside of the parish with your consent.

6. How long do we keep your personal data[1]?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance set out in the guide “Keep or Bin: Care of Your Parish Records” which is available from the Church of England website [see footnote for link]

Specifically, we retain electoral roll data while it is still current; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 6 years after the calendar year to which they relate; and parish registers (baptisms, marriages, funerals) permanently.

7. Your rights and your personal data 

Unless subject to an exemption under the GDPR, you have the following rights with respect to your personal data: -

  1. The right to request a copy of your personal data which the PCCs of the Osney Benefice hold about you;
  2. The right to request that the PCCs of the Osney Benefice correct any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date; 
  3. The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the PCCs of the Osney Benefice to retain such data;
  4. The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
  5. The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data.
  6. The right, where there is a dispute in relation to the accuracy or processing of your personal data, to request a restriction is placed on further processing;
  7. The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office.


8. Further processing

If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Protection Notice, then we will provide you with a new notice explaining this new use prior to commencing the processing and setting out the relevant purposes and processing conditions. Where and whenever necessary, we will seek your prior consent to the new processing.

9. Contact Details

To exercise all relevant rights, queries of complaints, in the first instance, contact the PCC Secretaries c/o of 81 West Way, Botley, Oxford, OX2 9JY                     

You can contact the Information Commissioners Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.


[1] Details about retention periods can currently be found in the Record Management Guides located on the Church of England website at: -