You may be aware that there is new data protection law coming into force next May. The General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) give individuals more rights and organisations more responsibilities.

These changes apply to all parish clergy and to all PCCs are they are all separate legal entities who will be processing personal data.

We are very grateful for the work by the Church of England’s national experts, who have produced a very useful series of documents on the Parish Resources website: http://www.parishresources.org.uk/gdpr/. Their two-page summary relates the GDPR to the practicalities of parish life.

We are also planning to run an awareness course as soon as we can organise it early in the new year. Please look out for dates in the diocesan mailing.

If you have any questions or concerns about the changes and what you need to do, please contact Alison Vincent in the Diocesan Office on 01905 732802. However, as the information has only just been made available to us, we’d be grateful if you’d give her until Monday 20 November to be fully up to speed!