Privacy Policy and Cookies


The Presbyterian Church in Ireland


  1. Purpose of this Privacy Notice

    This Privacy Notice covers the various unincorporated Councils and Committees of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland which is registered as a charity with the Charity Commission for Northern Ireland (NIC104483).  The Church recognises the importance of your privacy and this Notice sets out the way in which we will use, disclose and protect your personal information.
  2. Your personal data – what is it?

    Personal data is any information relating 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 (the “GDPR”).
  3. Who are we?

    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) is the data controller (contact details at the end of this notice).  This means that we decide how your personal data is processed and for what purposes.  PCI may change this policy from time to time and any such changes will be published on our website.  Notwithstanding any change to this policy, we will continue to process your personal data in accordance with your rights and our obligations in law.
  4. How do we process your personal data?

    We collect data necessary for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland to pursue its stated charitable objective of the advancement of religion.

    In furtherance of this we will use your personal data for one or more of the following purposes depending on the way in which you are connected to, engage with, or avail of services provided by the Church:
    • To run the central administration of the Church including its Councils, Committees, Panels, Task Groups etc.;
    • To liaise with and support Presbyterian Church in Ireland congregations and Presbyteries; including maintaining records of ministers, clerks of session, treasurers and other officials and the publication of the annual Directory;
    • To maintain contact details for officials in groups that are part of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, other denominations and partner churches ;
    • To provide social care services;
    • To provide pastoral care;
    • To provide loan and grant funding for congregational projects;
    • To provide and administer housing for retired ministers and their widows and widowers;
    • To provide information about news, events, prayer request and activities within the Church including the distribution of publications, mailings and newsletters, etc.;
    • For administration and related purposes  with regard to those who have subscribed to church publications and social media;
    • To recruit and appoint volunteers to posts within in the Presbyterian Church in Ireland;
    • To provide safeguarding services to the Church and its congregations;
    • For the purpose of conference/events management;
    • For the purpose of responding to queries about Constitutional, Discipline and Practice of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland;
    • To enable people to participate in campaigns/allowing the administration of campaigns;
    • To manage properties owned or occupied by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland;
    • To manage recruitment processes and train, support, administer personnel procedures and provide a central payroll in respect of employees;
    • To manage recruitment processes and train, support, administer personnel procedures and provide a central payroll in respect of Mission and Other Personnel
    • For the administration and support for users of IT resources;
    • To manage the central finances of the Church including the payment of expenses/invoices, the payment of stipends/wages/salaries and the recoding of income including related gift aid administration.
    • For the purposes of administering the candidate process and training of students for the ministry and for the education and training of other students, elders and those attending courses provided by the Church;
    • Archiving for research and historical purposes;
    • For the fulfilment of contractual, regulatory compliance and legal obligations
    • To respond to general enquiries;

    Data collected and processed may include, but not be limited to:
    • name and title;
    • contact information including email address;
    • demographic information such as postcode, preferences and interests;
    • Sensitive data* may be collected where necessary for safeguarding purposes, or upon application to become a minister or to hold an office in the Presbyterian Church, or for employment purposes, or where required by law.

    * Article 9 GDPR defines sensitive data as information about an individual’s race, ethnic origin, politics, religion, trade union membership, genetics, biometrics (where used for ID purposes), health, sex life, or sexual orientation.
  5. What is the legal basis for processing your personal data?

    Organisations are permitted to process data if they have a legal basis for doing so. The Presbyterian Church in Ireland processes data on the basis that:
    • Processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by PCI or a third party except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject; and/or
    • Express and informed consent has been given by the person whose data is being processed; and/or
    • It is necessary in relation to a contract or agreement which the person has entered into or because the person has asked for something to be done so they can enter into a contract or agreement; and/or
    • There is a legal obligation on the Presbyterian Church in Ireland to process data; and/or
    • Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another person.

    Where we process special category sensitive data (under Article 9 of the GDPR) we process data on the basis that:
    • Explicit consent has been given by the person whose data is being processed; and/or
    • It is necessary for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland to carrying out its obligations under employment, social security or social protection law, or a collective agreement; and/or
    • Processing is necessary to protect the vital interests of a data subject or another individual where the data subject is physically or legally incapable of giving consent; and/or
    • The Presbyterian Church in Ireland is a not-for-profit membership organisation with a religious aim and the processing relates only to members or former members or those who have regular contact with it in connection with its purposes, and no disclosure is made to a third party without consent of the person whose data is being processed; and/or
    • Processing is necessary for archiving purposes in the public interest, or scientific and historical research purposes or statistical purposes.
  6. Data Integrity and Security

    We comply with our obligations under data protection regulations 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.
  7. Sharing your personal data

    Your data will not be shared outside of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland, except where required to do so by law, or with trusted third parties (mailing, cloud storage, printing etc.), and only once satisfied that any such use of data will accord with this policy. Explicit, informed consent will be sought from individuals whenever and wherever required in accordance with data protection legislation.
  8. How long do we keep your personal data?

    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland will only retain your personal data for as long as it is legitimately required to fulfil the purpose or purposes for which it is required.  This will include compliance with statutory retention periods.

    We will regularly review the data we hold and securely delete or destroy any personal data that is no longer necessary for processing.
  9. 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: -
    • To run the central administration of the Church including its Councils, Committees, Panels, Task Groups etc.;
    • The right to request a copy of your personal data which PCI hold about you;
    • The right to request that PCI correct 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 PCI to retain such data;
    • The right to withdraw your consent to the processing at any time
    • The right to request that PCI provide you with your personal data and, where possible, to transmit that data directly to another data controller
    • 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.
    • The right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioner’s Office.
  10. Further processing

    If we wish to use your personal data for a new purpose, not covered by this Data Privacy 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.
  11. Contact Details

    To exercise all relevant rights, queries or complaints please in the first instance contact the Data Protection Lead at:
    The Presbyterian Church in Ireland
    Assembly Buildings
    2-10 Fisherwick Place
    BT1 6DW
    +44 (0)28 9041 7223
  12. The contact details for the Information Commissions Officer (United Kingdom) and the Data Protection Commission (Republic of Ireland) are:

    The Information Commissioners Office
    Telephone: 0303 123 1113
    Post: Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire. SK9 5AF

    The Data Protection Commissioner
    Telephone: +353 (0761) 104 800
    Post: Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois, R32 AP23
  13. Unincorporated Councils and Committees of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

    General Council Including its Church Relations , Doctrine, Priorities, United Appeal, Support Services, Moderators Advisory, Nominations and General Assembly Business Committees.

    Council for Public Affairs including its State Education Committee

    Council for Congregational Life and Witness including its Outreach, Discipleship, Leadership, Worship, Pastoral Care, Global Mission Involvement and Youth, Children’s and Family Strategy and Coordination, Women’s Strategy and Coordination Committees.

    Council for Training in Ministry including its Ministerial Studies and Development Committee, UTC Management Committee, Reception of Ministers and Licentiates Committees

    Council for Mission in Ireland including its Home Mission, Irish Mission and Deaconess, Healthcare, Prisons and Forces Chaplaincy, Universities and Colleges Chaplaincy, Strategy for Mission Coordination Committees

    Council for Social Witness including its Older People Services, Disability Services Specialist Services and Taking Care Committees

    The Council for Global Mission including its Leadership and Development, Outreach Ministries, World Development and Global Concerns Committees

    Linkage Commission

    Judicial Commission

    Trustees of the Presbyterian Church in Ireland

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