The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a new piece of legislation that comes into effect in May this year. It is new to everyone and will have an impact on almost every organisation, charity, and PCC. Each diocese is working on how to support Cathedrals, DBF offices and parishes, and will be doing various things to achieve compliance.
There are range of documents that you will find helpful in preparing for, and setting up your GDPR work. This page is the central resource for GDPR for us in Gloucester Diocese.
GDPR Training Workshops
We are holding four initial GDPR training workshops in March to provide parishes with the information they will need when the legislation comes into force in May. The attached link provides further information and the dates and venues of where the workshops will be held.
Step 1: Resources, fact sheets and templates.
Please read through the resources below and complete your data audit checklist, which will help you identify any questions and concerns.
2. Parish Resources GDPR hub: click here to visit the hub for national resources
2b: Templates from Parish Resources
Gaining Consent templates – parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/consent
Data audit checklist templates – parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/dataaudit
Privacy templates – parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/privacy
Once you have worked through these resources and identified any questions, please check our frequently asked questions section below.
Step 2: Frequently Asked Questions
Check whether your questions have been answered on our Frequently Asked Questions page (TBA).
From 1 February we have set up a firstname.lastname@example.org email account for very general parish based enquiries (ie not parish specific) – as things progress please do email us your questions and each Friday morning we will compile an updated FAQ and publish them here, with a generic mix of the most frequently asked questions, and highlight them on the diocesan website as a further way of people checking things out.
Step 3: GDPR helpline
From 1 March we have set up a helpline with our legal advisers VWV, (funded by the Diocesan Board of Finance) for parish specific enquiries that you may have from working through your checklists and templates. We will confirm the helpline telephone number during the last week of February. Each parish is eligible to one hour of dedicated GDPR legal advice from one of the team there. (The hour may be cumulative too as you may have several questions over a period of time). Before calling VWV, we would ask that you have completed Step 1 and Step 2. VWV will be able to advise you on any questions specific to your setting.
As things progress and dioceses offer information and guidance we will add anything directly here that might be of interest. London Diocese also has a resource that you might find helpful.