How we use your personal data

This document sets out how the Parish Giving Scheme uses the information collected about you when you join the giving scheme.

The PGS uses the information for the purposes of administering the giving scheme and not for any other purpose.

The PGS will keep your personal data for as long as you continue to donate through the PGS.  Once you have stopped donating, it will keep your information for six years to help it comply with its legal and regulatory obligations and so that the PGS can investigate if there is a complaint.

The PGS will rely on your consent as the legal basis for using your information.  If you wish to withdraw your consent, of if you have any questions, please contact the PGS on 01452 835595.  If you withdraw your consent then you will not be able to donate through the PGS. 

The PGS will share your name, your postal address and the amount which you have donated with the Parish / Church that you have donated to unless you have indicated on the gift form that you would like your donation to be kept confidential (in which case only the amount donated will be provided).  If you are eligible to claim Gift Aid on your donation we will share your name, title, first line of your address, postcode and the amount of the gift with HMRC to enable them to process the Gift Aid.

The PGS will also share your details with your bank for the purposes of setting up your donation.  The PGS may also share your data with contractors who help the PGS administer the giving scheme, but the PGS will make sure that its contractors comply with the PGS' data protection practices. 

The PGS may carry out analysis on how donors interact with the giving scheme so that it can improve what it does.  For example the PGS may carry out analysis on donations in order to build up a picture of how much people give on average.  However this will be for statistical purposes only and the PGS will not use this information to make decisions about you.  In particular, the PGS does NOT carry out practices such as  "wealth screening", which concerns analysing the financial status of donors in order to build up a picture of how wealthy they are. 

You have a right to request a copy of your personal data held by the PGS.  You can also ask the PGS to rectify your personal data if what it holds is inaccurate.  Data protection law is changing and you will have additional rights from May 2018:  The right to ask the PGS to delete your personal data; the right to ask the PGS to restrict how it uses your personal data; the right to object to how the PGS use your personal data; and the right to data portability (this includes a right to receive your data in a commonly used computer format).  You have a right to complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO), which regulates data protection.  The ICO's website is 

See PGS Information Security to view our policies