At South Manchester Family Church we collect different types of information about our users for the following main reasons:
To provide a useful resource in the form of an online directory of users.
To provide an interactive web site where email is used to communicate with the users.
To provide a security mechanism whereby we can restrict content to certain groups of users.
To help us to improve the service we offer.
South Manchester Family Church (SMFC) uses personal data for the purpose
of general church administration and communication.
SMFC recognises the importance of the correct, lawful, and sensitive treatment
of all personal data - including as described in relevant legislation: Data
Protection Act 1998, Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations
2003, and the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulation.
Further details are available from our resources page.
In summary, we will periodically ask all those connected with the church for
their permission for SMFC to use their personal data.
Typically, this will be a yearly check for all church attenders.
We will treat all your personal information as private and confidential and will
not disclose any data about you to anyone other than church leadership and
ministry coordinators in order to facilitate the administration and day-to-day
work of the church.
There are four exceptional circumstances to the above permitted by
We will use your data for two main purposes:
where we are legally compelled to do so
where there is a duty to the public to disclose
where disclosure is required to protect our interest
where disclosure is made at your request or with your consent.
1) day-to-day administration of the church, for example, pastoral care and
oversight including calls and visits, preparation of ministry rotas, maintaining
financial records of giving for audit and tax purposes.
2) contacting you to keep you informed for example, mailings of church
If any of your details change you can change them at any time in the My Profile
section of this website.
Alternatively, or if you have any questions, please contact us as soon as
practical. You can opt-out of any communications at any time. For those no
longer in regular contact with the church, they will not be included in regular
church communications, and any previously held data will be securely archived.
This Data Protection Policy is to be reviewed every 3 years to ensure it remains
We are absolutely committed to protecting your privacy. Our policy can be summarised in one sentence: we will not share your information with others without your consent.
We have established the following two principles:
We will respect your email privacy. You will only receive email from South Manchester Family Church in relation to areas you have expressly signed up for.
We will not share any individual user details (including your email address) to any third party without your consent.
What information do we collect?
We collect information on our users through registration.
The minimum information we need to register a user is your first and last name and a password. We also ask for some further, voluntary information so we can provide a richer, more useful address book.
Who will have access to your information?
You have control over who is able to access specific items of information. By default your personal information will be visible to other authenticated users of the site. You can change these settings from your personal profile page. Your information will be used to build the online address book.
What else you should know about privacy
Remember to close your browser when you have finished your user session. This is to ensure that others cannot access your personal information and correspondence if you share a computer with someone else or are using a computer in a public place like a library or internet cafe. You as an individual are responsible for the security of, and access to, your own computer.
Please be aware that whenever you voluntarily disclose personal information over the internet that this information can be collected and used by others. In short, if you post personal information in publicly accessible online forums, you may receive unsolicited messages from other parties in return. Ultimately, you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of your usernames and passwords and any account information. Please be careful and responsible whenever you are using the internet.
Our pages may contain links to other websites, and you should be aware that we are not responsible for the privacy practices on other websites.
Contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org