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Privacy Notice for the Diocese of Wrexham


1.1      The Diocese of Wrexham (the "Diocese") is a charity registered with the Charity Commission in England and Wales. Our charity number is 700426 and our 
            registered address is Bishop’s House, Sontley Road, Wrexham, LL13 7EW In this Notice, references to 'we' and 'us' mean the Diocese.

1.2      When you provide us with Personal Data in order to engage with us and/or benefit from our activities, we will keep a record of the data you give to us in                         order to enable us to comply with our statutory obligations and to achieve our charitable objects of advancing and maintaining the Roman Catholic faith     
           through the operation of our parishes and our other activities. 

1.3      For the purpose of the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/279 (GDPR), the Diocese through its Trustees will be a Data Controller in respect of your    
         Personal Data. Please be aware that our parishes form part of the Diocese  and are not separate legal entities. Parishes are not Data Controllers nor do they                     process Personal Data on behalf of the Diocese as a Data Processor.

1.4      Everyone has rights with regard to how their Personal Data is handled by   organisations. The Diocese is committed to ensuring that Personal Data is          
         properly and securely managed in accordance with the relevant data  protection laws, and believes this is an important part of achieving trust and confidence
         between the Diocese and those with whom it interacts. Please read this Notice to understand how we use and protect the information that  you provide to us or
        that we obtain or hold about you, and to understand what your rights are in relation to information that we hold. This Notice applies to information about living
        identifiable individuals only.


2.1      We may hold the following types of Personal Data:

            2.1.1 name and contact details;

            2.1.2 gender, age, date of birth, marital status and nationality;

            2.1.3 information about your education/work history and professional qualifications;

            2.1.4 information about your family and any dependants;

            2.1.5 information about your current involvement in Diocese activities and events;

            2.1.6 financial information (e.g. bank details) and details of any donations you have made to us in the past;  

            2.1.7 Information obtained as a result of any background checks on volunteers;

            2.1.8 CCTV recordings and photographs; 

            2.1.9  Information we collect through your use of our website(s) [such as  information collected using cookies];

            2.1.10 Any other information which you choose to provide to us or that we are provided by others.

2.2      We may also hold Special Categories of Personal Data e.g. information about  your religious beliefs, information about your health and wellbeing, information
           revealing racial or ethnic origins or in the case of background checks,      information about criminal records or proceedings. 

2.3      We may also receive Personal Data about you from third parties, for example, your family members, other parishioners, other dioceses, medical            
           professionals, the police and other law enforcement bodies.

2.4    Dealing with reports of abuse

         We take all reports of abuse in the Diocese very seriously. If a report is made, we will handle it in accordance with our established safeguarding procedures. This   
        is likely to involve the processing of personal information about various individuals, including victims and survivors, alleged perpetrators and witnesses. As part of          our procedures, we may appoint and share personal information with an investigator or assessor from outside the Diocese to investigate and to advise us on                  appropriate action to take. Where we believe it is necessary to do so, we will also share personal information with the statutory authorities, such as the police or     
        local authority. We will always handle reports sensitively and keep individuals informed about how their personal information will be used. We have prepared a             separate privacy notice for victims and survivors , under the Safeguarding section.. If you wish to make a report of abuse, please contact our       
       Safeguarding Officer, Mary Rowlands at Bishops House, Sontley Road, Wrexham.


3.1      The Personal Data which we hold about you, whether it is collected directly from you or whether we receive it from a third party, may be Processed in a       
           number of ways, for example:

         3.1.1 To communicate with you in relation to news about or activities and events taking place in the Diocese or in any Diocesan parish, including  Seeking 
                   feedback and informing you of any changes to our activities;

            3.1.2 To improve our activities [and the way we communicate with you  including our website or the website of any parish];

            3.1.3 To carry out our activities, from weddings and funerals to general  pastoral and spiritual care;

3.1.4 To process donations that you may make to us or other payments  where, for example, you hire facilities belonging to the Diocese;

            3.1.5 To administer, support, improve and develop the administration of the Diocese's work and operations and to keep the Diocese's or any parish's           
            accounts and records up-to-  date;

            3.1.6 To process applications from you, including grant applications and  applications for a role within the Diocese;

            3.1.7 To identify potential additional sources of fundraising such as identifying those eligible to make Gift Aid; TEMPLATE COMMENT

3.1.8  For audit and statistical purposes (e.g. for the annual audit undertaken by the Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales);

            3.1.9 To ensure we comply with our legal obligations (e.g. by providing information to the Charity Commission or HMRC or carrying out                                   
            safeguarding activities);

            3.1.10 In the case of CCTV recordings, to prevent or detect crime, and to help create a safer environment for our staff, parishioners and visitors.

            3.1.11  To address and respond to any reports of abuse we may receive in accordance with our safeguarding procedures;

            3.1.12  To address and respond to any complaints we may receive in accordance with our complaints procedures; and


3.2      Any information gathered through cookies and similar technologies via the Diocesan website or the website of any parish is used to measure and analyse
          information on visits to the website, to tailor the website to make it  better for visitors and to improve technical performance. We will not use the data to identify
          you personally or to make any decisions about you.




4.1      We must have a lawful basis for processing your information; this will vary according to the circumstances of how and why we have your information but            
           typical examples include:

            4.1.1 The activities are within our legitimate interests in advancing and  maintaining the Roman Catholic religion, in providing information about  the activities of
            the Diocese or any Diocesan parish and to raise charitable funds:

            4.1.2 You have given consent (which can be withdrawn at any time by contacting us using the details below) for us to process your information  (e.g. to
            send you information or fundraising communications by email or SMS);

            4.1.3 We are carrying out necessary steps in relation to a contract to which  you are party or prior to you entering into a contract (e.g. where you                                        enter into a hire agreement for one of our facilities);

            4.1.4 The Processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation (e.g. where we pass on information to a local authority for safeguarding or                   
            other reasons);

            4.1.5 The Processing is necessary for carrying out a task in the public interest  (e.g. updating and maintaining the register of marriages); or

            4.1.6 To protect your vital interests (e.g. if you were unfortunate enough to fall ill or suffer an injury on our premises, then we may pass on information
            to the NHS for treatment purposes and to family members);

            4.1.7 Where we use baptism data to follow up with families’ future reception of other sacraments.

4.2       If we Process any Special Categories of Personal Data we must have a further lawful basis for the processing. This may include:

            4.2.1 where you have given us your explicit consent to do so (e.g. to cater for  your medical or dietary needs at an event);  

            4.2.2 where the Processing is necessary to protect your vital interests or  someone else's vital interests (e.g. passing on information to the Police);

            4.2.3 where the Processing is carried out in the course of our legitimate interests as a Roman Catholic diocese working with and supporting our
           current and former parishioners and the information is not shared  Outside the Diocese other than with your consent (e.g. carrying out                                     
            parish censuses);

            4.2.4 you have made the information public 

            4.2.5 where the Processing is necessary for the establishment, exercise or defence of legal claims; 

            4.2.6 where the Processing is necessary for carrying out the Diocese's employment and social security obligations; or

            4.2.7 the processing being necessary for reasons of substantial public interest (e.g. where steps are taken to prevent fraud or other dishonest activity);         
            provided that the legal basis is proportionate to the aim pursued and  provides for suitable and specific measures to safeguard your rights, or  
            as part of our legitimate interests as a Roman Catholic diocese and charitable institution.




5.1   We will only use your Personal Data within the Diocese for the purposes for which it was obtained, unless you have explicitly agreed that we may share your
        Personal Data with another organisation or unless we are otherwise permitted or required to under the Data Protection Rules or order of a Court or other
         competent regulatory body or as set out in this Notice. 

5.2   We may share your information with other members of the Church seeking relief (e.g. CAFOD, SVP and other similar charitable organizations), and any     
        ecclesiastical body enjoying canonical jurisdiction or powers of governance as  detailed in the Code of Canon law or the Apostolic Constitution Pastor Bonus.

5.3   We may share your information with government bodies for tax purposes or  law enforcement agencies for the prevention and detection of crime.

5.4   Sometimes the Diocese contracts with third parties whom we ask to process Personal Data on our behalf (e.g. IT consultants, distributors of parish newsletters and
        directories).  We require these third parties to comply strictly with our instructions and with the GDPR.As a registered charity, we may   share your information with
       our regulator, the Charity Commission (and, in respect of safeguarding matters, the Catholic Safeguarding Standards Agency, whose Privacy Notice can be found
       at https://catholicsafeguarding ).  If there is information which is relevant to our insurance, we may also need to share it with our
       insurance brokers, the Catholic Insurance Service Ltd, whose privacy notice can be found at, insurers and legal

5.5    If we receive a report of abuse, we may decide to appoint an individual from outside the Diocese to undertake an investigation or assessment and to advise us
        on appropriate action to take. Where we believe it is necessary to do so, we will also share personal information with appointed investigators/assessors and with
        the statutory authorities, such as the police or local authority.

5.6   Sometimes the Diocese contracts with third parties whom we ask to Process Personal Data on our behalf (e.g. IT consultants, distributors of parish newsletters and
        directories).  We require these third parties to comply strictly with our instructions and with the GDPR


5.7    We also may be required to share your Personal Data so that the Diocese can benefit from Gift Aid nominations you have made e.g. with HMRC.

5.8    We have in place administrative, technical and physical measures designed to guard against and minimise the risk of loss, misuse or unauthorised          
         processing or disclosure of the Personal Data that we hold.


5.9   In the course of Processing your Personal Data, or disclosing it to the recipients referred to above, we may transfer it to countries which are outside the UK, some
       of which may not have laws which provide the same level of protection to your Personal Data as laws inside the UK. In such cases we will take steps to ensure that
       the transfers comply with the GDPR and that your Personal Data is appropriately protected. We do so by taking the following measures:

  1. putting in place a contract with the recipient that means they must protect the personal information to the same standards as is required in the UK;

  2. Transferring it to a non-UK country with privacy laws that give the same  protection as the UK;

  3. Transferring it to organisations or countries that have other approved certification schemes or codes in place; or

  4. Relying on another appropriate ground under applicable data protection laws.




  1. Your information will be kept in accordance with our Retention & Disposal of Records Policy, copies of which are available from the . In any event, we will endeavour to only keep Personal Data for as long as is necessary and to delete it when it is no longer so. Your information will be kept in accordance with our Retention & Disposal of Records Policy, copies of which are available from the Business manager.

        In any event, we will endeavour to only keep Personal Data for as long as is necessary and to delete it when it is no longer so.



7.1   You have rights in respect of the Personal Data you provide to us. In particular:

        7.1.1 The right to request a copy of some or all of the Personal Data that we  hold about you (including, in some cases, in a commonly used, machine                                readable format so that it can be transferred to other Data Controllers) . We do not make a charge for this service;

        7.1.2 If we process your Personal Data on the basis that we have your  consent, the right to withdraw that consent;

        7.1.3 The right to ask that any inaccuracies in your Personal Data are corrected;

        7.1.4 The right to have us restrict the Processing of all or part of your personal data

        7.1.5 The right to ask that we delete your Personal Data where there is no compelling reason for us to continue to process it;

       7.1.6 The right to object if we process your Personal Data for direct marketing purposes e.g. in relation to fundraising carried out by non-                             
       Diocesan 3rd parties;

        7.1.7 The right not to be subject to legal or other significant decisions being taken about you on the basis of an automated process (i.e. without                                       human intervention).

7.2    Please note that the above rights may be limited in some situations – for    example, where we can demonstrate that we have a legal requirement to Process
        your Personal Data. Also, we may need you to provide us with proof   of identity for verification and data security purposes before you can exercise     your rights.

7.3   Rights may only be exercised by the individual whose information is being held by the Diocese or with that individual's express permission. Children from 13
       years upwards are entitled to make their own requests (where the Diocese  is of the reasonable view that they have an appropriate understanding of the request
       they are making) and parents / guardian / family members do not  have an automatic right to see information about their child or prevent their  child from making
        a request to the Diocese. 


8.1  We may make changes to this Notice from time to time as our organisational practices and/or applicable laws change.  We will not make any use of your   

       personal information that is inconsistent with the original purpose(s) for which  it was collected or obtained (if we intend to do so, we will notify you in advance     

        wherever possible) or otherwise than is permitted by data protection laws.




9.1   If you have any questions, require further information about how we protect your Personal Data, if you wish to exercise any of the above rights or if you would
        like to provide feedback or make a complaint about the use of your information, please contact the Diocesan Business Support Manager, Bishop’s House, Sontley
       Road, Wrexham, LL13 7EW.

9.2  Any complaints will be dealt with in accordance with the Diocese's Complaints Policy.

9.3  We hope that we can satisfy any queries you may have about the way in which we process your Personal Data. However, if you have unresolved concerns you also
       have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office (‘ICO’) (


10.1 Cookies, also known as browsers or tracking cookies, are small text files that  are added to your computer when you visit a website. They help websites to    
        perform certain functions e.g. to know who you are if you log into a restricted  part of a website, for shopping carts, and for tracking purposes.

10.2    The Diocese uses the following cookies :

10.2.1 We use Google Analytics cookies on the website for tracking purposes. The cookies allow us to understand general traffic to our website for example number of
          visitors and length of time on site. This process does collect data, but in an anonymous form, to help us make improvements, develop the website and enhance
          the user experience.  

10.2.2 We use a tracking cookie, which is added to your computer to remember your cookie preferences i.e if you have allowed or disallowed them.

10.3    Manage Cookies

10.4    If you would like to opt-in or opt-out of using cookies then you should be able  to do so using your browser. You can review your cookie settings at any time.

10.5    Please note that you cannot opt-out of the deployment of cookies that are necessary for delivery of our website or services to visitors.


     "Data Controller" means a person, organisation or body that determines the purposes for which, and the manner in which, any Personal Data is  processed. A Data
       Controller is responsible for complying with the data   protection laws including the GDPR and establishing practices and policies in  line with them.

      "Data Processor" means any person, organisation or body that Processes  personal data on behalf of and on the instruction of the Diocese. Data Processors have a
       duty to protect the information they process by following  data protection laws.

      "Data Subject" means a living individual about whom the Diocese processes Personal Data and who can be identified from the Personal Data. A Data  Subject
        need not be a UK national or resident. All Data Subjects have legal rights in relation to their Personal Data and the information that the Diocese   holds about

       Personal Data" means any information relating to a living individual who can  be identified from that information or in conjunction with other information       
       which is in, or is likely to come into, the Diocese’s possession. Personal Data  can be factual (such as a name, address or date of birth) or it can be an  opinion (e.g.
       a performance appraisal). It can even include a simple email address. A mere mention of someone's name in a document does not  necessarily constitute
       Personal Data, but personal details such as someone's    contact details or salary (if it enabled an individual to be identified) would fall  within the definition.

      "Processing" means any activity that involves use of Personal Data. It  includes obtaining, recording or holding the information or carrying out any    operation or
       set of operations on it, including organising, amending, retrieving, using, disclosing, erasing or destroying it. Processing also includes    transferring or disclosing
       Personal Data to third parties.

      "Special Categories of Personal Data" (previously called sensitive personal  data) means information about a person’s racial or ethnic origin, political opinions,
       religious or similar beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health or condition or sexuality. It also includes genetic and biometric  data. Special
      Categories of Personal Data can only be processed under strict    conditions and such processing will usually, although not always, require the explicit consent of           the Data Subject.




Issued 5 June 2018

Reviewed 1st December 2021

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