Many of you will be aware that the new Data Protection Act will come into force on 25th May. This will have an effect across many aspects of life in the UK, and will particularly affect any groups, businesses and organisations which hold personal data about people.
What will this mean for us as a congregation? It will mean that I will be asking you to sign a form consenting to me holding data about you. The data I hold about you amounts to your name, address, telephone number(s) and email address, directions to your house, and a note of when I have visited or written to you – as applicable. The form will indicate the reasons for me holding this data, which are to keep in touch with you, and to keep you informed about news and notices regarding services, and events relating to your being part of the congregation of the Parish of Altnaharra and Farr. All information of a personal nature is held in a locked filing cabinet in my office.
I will have these forms this coming Sunday. Please make sure you collect one from me. Once you have signed this form, it will be kept securely, and all personal electronic data will be stored in a password-protected file on my computer, and will not be shared.