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Under Data Protection legislation the church Charity Trustees of South Chingford Congregational Church are the Data Controller and the Church Secretary acts as our Data Protection Officer. 

We are collecting this information to enable the church to keep in touch with you and provide pastoral support as appropriate.  Data Protection legislation allows us to process this information as we regard it as being in the church's legitimate interest. 

Your name and contact details will be entered into our church database which is password protected and accessed only by the Pastor and Church Secretary.  In addition, printed records may be kept in a locked filing cabinet accessed only by the Pastor.  Your contact details will be removed from the database when you cease to attend the church, unless you ask to remain on our mailing list. 

To enable us to provide adequate pastoral support to you and your family, the Pastor may record information which under Data Protection legislation is regarded as sensitive.  This information will be stored securely in password-protected documents or in a locked filing cabinet and accessed only by the Pastor.  This information will not be disclosed to anyone else without your consent. 

You have the right to ask to see any information we hold about you (including the pastoral support information) by submitting a Subject Access Request to the Church Secretary.  You also have the right to ask for information which you believe to be incorrect to be rectified.

If you are concerned about the way your information is being handled please speak to our Data Protection Officer.  If you are still unhappy you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioners Office.