Church of Scientology Religious Education College Inc (“the Church”) is fully committed to compliance with the requirements of the Data Protection Act 1998 (“the Act”), which came into force on 1 March 2000. The Act is enforced by the Information Commissioner's Office (“ICO”).
The Church has laid down procedures that aim to ensure that all staff who have access to any personal data held by or on behalf of the Church, are fully aware of their duties and responsibilities under the Act.
Personal data means data relating to a living individual who can be identified from that data. Data means name, address, phone number, etc. Personal data is also other information about an individual, this includes opinion about an individual, race, ethnic origin, the persons political opinion, their religious beliefs, trade union membership, physical or mental health, sexual life, criminal convictions or proceedings, etc.
The Act says that anyone who deals with personal data must comply with Eight Principles of good practice. These are:
The Church needs to collect and use certain types of personal data or information about living individuals for religious operational purposes. This personal information must be dealt with properly whether it is collected on paper, in a computer, visually, audio, electronic, etc. There are safeguards to ensure this in the Data Protection Act 1998.
This policy applies to all UK branches and offices of the Church, and applies to all staff. It has been approved by the Church Trustees (who have legal responsibilities for the Church corporation). The purpose of this policy is: (i) to enable the Church of comply with the law in respect of the data it holds about individuals; (ii) to follow good practice; to protect the Church’s members, staff and other individuals; and (iv) to protect the Church from the consequences of a breach of its responsibilities.
The types of personal data that the Church might collect includes information about current, past and prospective volunteer religious workers; current, past or prospective members of the Church who have donated for religious services, books or other materials from the Church; information about past or current suppliers of goods and services to the Church; and others with whom the Church communicates such as professional and other advisors.
The Church regards the lawful and correct treatment of personal information as very important and therefore takes steps to ensure that personal information is treated lawfully and correctly. To this end the Church fully endorses and adheres to the Principles of Data Protection, as detailed in the Data Protection Act 1998. Church volunteer staff who obtain, handle, process, transport and store personal information for the Church must adhere to these Principles.
The Church will, through appropriate management, strict application of criteria and controls:
In addition, the Church will ensure that:
This policy will be updated as necessary to reflect best practice in data management, security and control and to ensure compliance with any changes or amendments made to the Data Protection Act 1998, and is subject to regular review at appropriate intervals (in any event at not less than 3-year intervals).
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