Contact Lists Update

Dear friends at St Vincent’s,

We are overhauling our contact lists to make sure they are complete and
up to date.

If you want to go on receiving information from us, you need to agree in
writing to our holding and using information about you by completing the
form attached.

Also, separately, if you are a communicant member, we need you to agree
to the inclusion of your name on our Communicants’ Roll (on the back of
the form). These are legal requirements intended to protect you.

Please fill in both sides of the form and return soon by email to; or send in hard copy to the address
below; or hand your form over to me or the person welcoming the
congregation at any service you attend. The form is attached in word (so
you can save, complete and return by email) and in pdf (in case you
prefer to print off a hard copy to fill in).

Also attached is a copy of our St Vincent’s privacy policy and data
protection notice (prepared in line with guidance from the Scottish
Episcopal Church).

There are plenty of hard copies of the form and policy and notice in the
vestibule – or let me know if you would like me to send them to you by
post. The form and policy are also on our website

Do get in touch if you have any queries. Thank you very much for your
help with this.


Bridget Campbell
Secretary to the Vestry
St Vincent’s Chapel
St Vincent Street


1. Your personal data – what is it?

Personal data relates to 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 2016/679 (the “GDPR”).

2. Who are we?

The Clergy and the Vestry of St Vincent’s Chapel, Edinburgh are each a data controller (contact details below). This means they each decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.

3. How do we process your personal data?

The Clergy and Vestry of St Vincent’s Chapel comply with their 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 and organisational measures are in place to protect personal data.

The Clergy and Vestry may use your personal data in order to provide pastoral care to you and to administer records such as the Communicants’ Roll.

The Clergy and Vestry may use your personal data for the following purposes: –

  • To enable us to provide a voluntary service for the benefit of the public;
  • To administer membership records;
  • To fundraise and promote the interests of the charity;
  • To manage our employees and volunteers;
  • To maintain our own accounts and records (including the processing of gift aidapplications);• To inform you of news, events, activities and services running at St Vincent’s and in the broader Scottish Episcopal Church;
  • 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;
  • To share your contact details with the diocesan office if you are appointed to a role within the congregation or diocese for the purposes of church administration;
  • To share your contact details with the General Synod Office if you are appointed to a role within the congregation or diocese for the purposes of church administration.

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

• Explicit consent of the data subject;
This is so that we can keep you informed about news, events, activities and services and other events throughout the Scottish Episcopal Church via e-mail, telephone and text; and share any sensitive personal data with the clergy, the Vestry, Diocesan authorities and General Synod Office, for example, the fact that you have joined the Communicants’ Roll.

  • If you are an employee of the Vestry and the processing is necessary for carrying out obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement;
  • Processing is carried out by a not-for-profit body with a political, philosophical, religious or trade union aim provided: –
  • the processing relates only to members or former members (or those who have regular contact with it in connection with those purposes); and
  • there is no disclosure to a third party without consent.Processing is necessary for our legitimate interests. This means that we can process your personal data if (i) we have a genuine and legitimate reason; and (ii) are not harming any of your rights and interests.Our legitimate interests include: processing for the purposes of church administration; processing your gift aid donations; and fundraising.

5. Sharing your personal data

Your personal data will be treated as strictly confidential and will be shared only as set out in this section. Your personal data may be shared with members of the Clergy or Vestry of St Vincent’s and any staff of the congregation, the diocesan office and, if you are appointed to a role within the congregation or diocese, with the General Synod Office.

If you serve on any committee or take on any duty, rota or role within the congregation, your personal data may be shared with other members of the congregation. You will be informed if your personal data is to be shared more widely.

We may also share your information or disclose it to third parties where required to comply with any court order or other legal obligation or when data is requested by government or law enforcement authorities, to enforce any agreements, or to protect the rights, property, or safety of us, members of the congregation or others.

6. How long do we keep your personal data?
We keep data in accordance with the guidance provided by the Scottish Episcopal Church.

Specifically, we retain Communicant Roll data while it is still current and historic records are held in our archive for 6 years; gift aid declarations and associated paperwork for up to 7 years after the tax year to which they relate; and church 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: –

  • The right to request a copy of your personal data which the Clergy and/or Vestry of St Vincent’s, Edinburgh holds about you;
  • The right to request that the Clergy and/or Vestry of St Vincent’s, Edinburgh corrects any personal data if it is found to be inaccurate or out of date;
  • The right to request your personal data is erased where it is no longer necessary for the Clergy and/or Vestry of St Vincent’s, Edinburgh to retain such data;
  • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time• The right to request that the data controller provide the data subject with his/her personal data and where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller, (known as the right to data portability), (where applicable) [Only applies where the processing is based on consent or is necessary for the performance of a contract with the data subject and in either case the data controller processes the data by automated means].
  • 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;
  • The right to object to the processing of personal data, (where applicable) [Only applies where processing is based on legitimate interests (or the performance of a task in the public interest/exercise of official authority); direct marketing and processing for the purposes of scientific/historical research and statistics]
  • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office. 8. Further processingIf 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 DetailsTo exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please contact the Vestry Secretary at or the Priest-in-charge at You can contact the Information Commissioner’s Office on 0303 123 1113 or via email or at the Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF.

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